Why Are Christians so Bad on the Environment Issue? Because We Have No Spirituality of Creation

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This was originally the sermon I preached at Redemption Church on September 21, 2014. It has been edited into a long-form essay here. If you are a pastor, feel free to copy and use any of this.   SHIFT: From Exploitation to Stewardship The Catholic theologian Ronald Rolheiser says that to be human is to live [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

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I confess that I’m tired of setting up online accounts. I’m tired of creating passwords. You can’t do anything anymore without setting up an account. For instance, I just want to get scores from the ESPN app. I don’t want to customize my experience because I don’t care that much. I’m going to use this [Read More...]

Corporations Aren’t People, Money Isn’t Speech: Citizens United & the Heresy of Corporate Personhood

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More Americans believe in witchcraft, ghosts, and UFOs than agree with Citizens United. When 80% of the people agree on an important issue & the leaders refuse to act, something has to change. I’m for finding a peaceful solution. Citizen’s United refers to a 2010 Supreme Court case on how elections are financed. The ruling said that corporations [Read More...]

Katie Savage Reviews Shrink

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My friend and writing compatriot Katie Savage has written a review of Shrink, at her blog “Sprucing Up the Narthex.” Katie’s a really good writer (check out Grace in the Maybe), and I’m grateful for her engagement with the ideas in Shrink. Katie will always make you laugh and make you think. Here’s an excerpt [Read More...]

Wendell Berry on What It Means to Be an Author

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I’ve been reading some Wendell Berry this week in preparation for what I’m talking about on Sunday. I love his straight forward and often hilarious take on life–for instance: hell, or limits, or farming. I ran across this note int he introduction to his book, Sex, Economy, Freedom, and Community, which is a collection of [Read More...]

The SHIFT from Illusion to Prayer

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When my boys were little guys we would go out to eat every Friday evening. It was kind of our family tradition (still is)… eat a meal together, & try to connect at end of a long week. When they were young & squirmy my job was to find ways to keep them sitting down [Read More...]

What We Do With Our Pain: Barbara Brown Taylor & Spiritual Bypassing

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We talked about idols last week at Redemption Church. It felt like a hard sermon to give, because I think the idolatry of the church over the past few centuries has caused a lot of pain. So many people have fallen in love with a small “g” god, that promised them the world and couldn’t deliver. [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional – Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking

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I confess that I finished the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking a couple of weeks ago, and have been thinking about it a lot since then. I’m pretty sure this isn’t the last time I will read it. I’m an introvert and this book taught me a lot [Read More...]

ISIS, Syria, Israel, 9/11, Ray Rice, Pistorius, Ferguson: Stanley Hauerwas & the Freedom to Hope

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The website Newseum.org lets me peruse snaps-shots of today’s front pages from over a thousand newspapers around the world. I’ll often look at my hometown paper, The Salina Journal, or browse a few major U.S newspapers just to get a glimpse of what people are waking up to. Perhaps it is nostalgic, but it feels like [Read More...]

The SHIFT from Hostility to Hospitality Can Change the World

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When I hear the word hospitality, I immediately think of the hotel industry. The word has many associations in our society. Good service at your favorite restaurant, friends for dinner, your mom or grandmother, hospitality can mean many things to us. But I don’t think I realized until seminary that it holds a very specific theological [Read More...]


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