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"where you treasure is, there your heart will be also..." Matthew 6:19Our holiday in Austria this past June, courtesy of the marvelous church I pastor, allowed my wife and I several days to hike in the Alps.  And hike we did: up, up, up, until we were high above any trees, leaving us hiking on something that was, at times, akin to the desolation of the moon.  Up there, "trail" means something entirely different than down lower, where a swath is cut through trees, and a clear path beaten down s … [Read more...]

Skinny Church – the wrong fast for a hungry world

If nutrition is a hobby of yours, then you know that something as simple and straightforward as eating food has dozens of conflicting schools of thought. Macrobiotic people swear by rice and seaweed. Paleolithic people think rice, and most agriculture for that matter, is from the devil himself. Vegetarians think meat eaters are cruelly killing animals, and, by eating meat, their own bodies. Vegetarian Myth (a favorite book of mine) takes pretty much the opposite approach. Back in the day, low f … [Read more...]

Skinny Church – the wrong fast for a hungry world

If nutrition is a hobby of yours, then you know that something as simple and straightforward as eating food has dozens of conflicting schools of thought. Macrobiotic people swear by rice and seaweed. Paleolithic people think rice, and most agriculture for that matter, is from the devil himself. Vegetarians think meat eaters are cruelly killing animals, and, by eating meat, their own bodies. Vegetarian Myth (a favorite book of mine) takes pretty much the opposite approach. Back in the day, low f … [Read more...]

Appropriation: What it means, how it works, why it matters:

Have you ever woken in the middle of the night with your head swirling around ideas, obligations, unresolved questions, to-do lists, the previous day's failures, possible opportunities, possible meltdowns, etc. etc?  Me too.  It happened last night around 1am, four hours into my sleep (yes--I go to bed early, with the elderly).  Suddenly I'm wide awake, and the soothing rains of the early evening are now howling storms--a metaphor for the way the winds of worry can also roar through my mind ad ra … [Read more...]

Dust by God—The Matter of the Body (Part 2)

In part one of The Matter of the Body I shared that a great deal of the disdain Christians sometimes show towards all things physical is rooted, not in the robust spirituality offered in Christ, but in a perversion of that spirituality, which exalts the spirit and denigrates the physical realm.  This has its roots more in Plato than Jesus, and as a result of it, sitting and praying viewed as more valuable than climbing a rock or playing soccer.  Eating industrial food shot through with hormones a … [Read more...]

Dust by God – the matter of the body – Part 1

Because of a ski injury last year, I ended up getting an MRI, which entails lying down inside a giant bullet while invisible rays are shot at your body.  The technician, who assures me this is safe, is safely in another a room.  No wonder we don't trust words anymore.Days later, while sitting with doctor, the most disturbing thing about the looking at the MRI wasn't the diagnosis, learning how I had an injury that would never fully cure itself, but could get passable with physical therapy and m … [Read more...]

Sexual Anarchy & Sexual Freedom

The church, over the years, hasn't done a very good job, in my opinion, of addressing sexual ethics.  We invoke "you'll feel guilty" (but sex feels good as often guilty, for lots of reasons I won't address here), or "you'll get a disease, or get pregnant" (but there are ways of dealing with both of those things), or "because God says so" as if we should just blow our brains out, not caring for God's rationale, becoming mindless servants in spite of the fact that we're to love God with all our … [Read more...]

Sexual Anarchy & Sexual Freedom

The church, over the years, hasn't done a very good job, in my opinion, of addressing sexual ethics.  We invoke "you'll feel guilty" (but sex feels good as often guilty, for lots of reasons I won't address here), or "you'll get a disease, or get pregnant" (but there are ways of dealing with both of those things), or "because God says so" as if we should just blow our brains out, not caring for God's rationale, becoming mindless servants in spite of the fact that we're to love God with all our … [Read more...]


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