Forgiveness that’s hard to Fathom.

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Holy, holy, holy. Beauty and blessing beyond my ability to comprehend. As a progressive Christian, embracing doubt is an essential part of my faith. It's integral to avoiding religion at its worst, at its most over-stated, and at its most dysfunctional. But there are bits of reality that come crashing into my healthy skepticism that leave me thinking ... "I guess there really is a God."This week marks the 20th anniversary of the beginning of 100 days of bloody mayhem and genocide in … [Read more...]

Great man, Great Speech, …and now – Spirituality Lite?

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[This blog was originally written on April 3, 2011, the anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's last speech - given the night before he was assassinated. Moving beyond confronting racism, King had expanded his work to speak out against the war in Vietnam and to address issues of economic injustice. In a crowded church in Memphis, TN, he spoke about his intention to march in solidarity with that city's sanitation workers (black & white) who were on strike to protest low pay and poor … [Read more...]

A “Sacred Fire” that Presents a Sacred Challenge — and Blessing.

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I was really excited about the opportunity to read and review Ronald Rolheiser’s new book Sacred Fire: A Vision of a Deeper Human and Christian Maturity.I was… that is, until I started to read it. At a certain point I wasn't so sure if I truly wanted to keep going. You see while the title appealed to me, and while I fancied myself as someone who is a “deep human” and who is a relatively “mature Christian” – reading Rolheiser’s frank words made it clear to me that I have quite a ways to go. I … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Gauge your Christian Development

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I. Write down the following 9 words as a list:  love, joy, peace, patience/forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)Put a number from 1-10 next to each that most closely indicates your current level of that trait and quality. Don't over-think it. Go with your gut. Guts are honest.Add up the numbers, divide that sum by 9. This is your averaged "Christian Fruits of the Spirit Quotient."II. Write down the following as a list: Fed … [Read more...]


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