Why I’m Spiritual *and* Religious.

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I'm Spiritual *and* Religious.I realize that saying this may be swimming against a current, but for me, they each inform and complement the other.Here's an analogy. I enjoy playing my trumpet by myself and practice it as I have time. This is like my spirituality. It's a personal way for me to express myself and to commune with God.And yet I also enjoy playing my trumpet with others in bands and orchestras. This is like religion (which comes from the Latin "religare" - "to bind … [Read more...]

Rock of Ages 2.0 – poetic injustice.

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things weren’t right in ferguson. i mean israel!i said things weren’t right in israel! ...new york.instead of God’s chosen people blissfully basking in the warm sun of freedom,they couldn't breathe because the air was thick with the heavy jack-boots of imperial oppression.instead of the hebrews building projects of their own design,her craftsmen and laborers were laboring under the thumbs of Roman task-masters who had them constructing temples to their pantheon of gods and hou … [Read more...]

Men. “retreating – to advance.”

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mencommon men.diverse men.young bucks. mature bulls. aged sages.men in their heads men in their bodiesmen with wounds men with strengthsmen with coping patterns that no longer servemen who are wise men who are fools every man - both.men who've cheated men who've rapedmen who've abused men who've been abused men who gather to seek the medicine of men talking sticks... honest dicks men sighing men moaning men singing men dancing men drumming men … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Progressive Christian

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Ouch. It cuts like a knife. And wow does it hurt.I write this blog at a cruising altitude of 31,000 feet above sea level – somewhere above the snow-covered fields of Nebraska. I caught a plane with my little boy this morning to visit my family back in Minnesota. I’ve been sick as a dog for the past few days—it was all I could do to get us to the airport.Today’s venture involved the usual comedy of errors, misplaced tickets, misplaced carry-on bag…and it also had the lovely added complicat … [Read more...]

Glue is my religion.

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Gluei’m a GenXer who flies with Gen Yand i can’t stand religion that can’t handle “why?”like brother stipes, i was losing my religionbut like newton before me, i found it …was blind but now i seelike marley’s son sings it, love is my religionmy religion is agapemy religion is the glue that unconditionally brings out the best in each other and holds us togetherand because jesus dunked me in a giant vat of that thick and sticky agape adhesive,i promise t … [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...]


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