Claiming the Body: The Funeral Task as Keeper of the Sacred Words

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Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on Remembering the Dead: Ancestors, Rituals, Relics. Read other perspectives here. A few years ago my friend Chris Jehle asked me to begin making a trek to the hood in KCMO to help him with a peculiar task. Chris had spent the previous fifteen [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional: Fatherhood, Ian Cron, & Chasing the Rhino

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I confess that my daily routine has been completely whacked lately. I blame the Kansas City Royals’ three extra-innings playoff games in a row, after which I’m so jacked up, it takes me awhile to come back down. My body doesn’t seem to know what to do, so it just keeps trying to get me [Read More...]

Favorite Stanley Hauerwas Quotes

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If I had to pick one theologian who has had the most influence on my thinking–probably my being and doing as well–it would be Stanley Hauerwas. He has the ability to see the world the way I want to see it. He’s unafraid to tell the truth about his own life, which seems to give [Read More...]

All Modern Bible Translations are Good, But Are They Equal? – Scot McKnight & the Politics of Bible Translations

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Scot McKnight has a nice blog post in which he describes why the Bible translation you prefer says something about your personal politics. While I think bible scholars and teachers overestimate the amount of “use” these bible translations actually get (it’s been my experience that most Christians don’t read their bibles much at all), Scot makes an interesting point. [Read More...]

Ten Ways to Beat Writer’s Block

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“We have all been there, and it feels like the end of the world. It’s like a chickadee being hit by and H-Bomb. Here’s the thing, though. I no longer think of it as block. I think that is looking at the problem from the wrong angle. If your wife locks you out of the [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional: Buechner, Rohr, Volf, and Faithful Remembering

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“One way or another, we are always remembering… there is no escaping it even if we want to, or at least no escaping it for long, though God knows there are times when we try to, don’t want to remember. In one sense the past is dead and gone, never to be repeated, over and [Read More...]

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...]


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