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December 12, 2013
Simeon’s Song and the Clarity of Christmas
If you want an actual model for receiving the guidance of the holy spirit, look...
November 28, 2013
Thankful Thanksgiving, Black and Blue Saints
The Greek word, eucharistia, from which we get the English word, eucharist—the breaking of bread...
November 11, 2013
Stop giving! We have more than enough!
For now, today, to get a sense of this scene, imagine walking into synagogue on...
November 01, 2013
Take a P This Week
Less than one percent of your day given to contemplation. And that less-than-one-percent will reorient...
October 19, 2013
The Spirit & the Dreamer
I think too often Christians believe the holy spirit begins its best work when the...
October 12, 2013
Animals & Ambiguity: The Spirit & the Flood
The Bible doesn’t excise the ambiguity from life, not even when its stories are about...
September 28, 2013
The Hebrew word ruach opens a world of mystery, a vista of possibilities that encompass...
September 11, 2013
Order, Chaos and a Night Sky
Sometimes we feel the chaos deeper still. Clench at the stab of sickness. Stand, shaken,...
September 06, 2013
Does the Holy Spirit Inspire Violence? Obama, Syria, and the Days Ahead
Are the people of Syria so destitute, so cornered by chemical weapons, so oppressed that...
August 27, 2013
Back to school. Ahead to …?
Kids should be relentless—not behaviorally modified to relent, to give ground, to concede and cave....
August 20, 2013
If You Want to Pass on the Faith, then Learn This By Heart!
Ask yourself what loving God with “your whole heart” means, and you may come up...
August 09, 2013
Passing on the Faith in a Makeshift Choir Stall
There we were, together, a white twelve-year-old boy with an utter incapacity to sing the...
August 01, 2013
Thinking About Sex Lately
Good sex is a matter of discipline, which can’t start early enough because, hope as...
July 23, 2013
Daily Bread at a Weekly Food Bank
People in the grip of poverty can pray—and grasp—the Lord’s prayer, especially the line, “Give...
July 18, 2013
Prodigal Blood: a response to Sheridan Voysey’s Resurrection Year
In Resurrection Year, author Sheridan Voysey nails it on the head when he writes, “childlessness...
July 11, 2013
Stumbling Upon Silence: Our reflections on Sheridan Voysey’s Resurrection Year
It’s been twenty-five years, and words spoken after our first miscarriage still rankle. People didn’t...
June 27, 2013
The Power of Regularity
Introduce regularity to your spirituality, and your brain, given its plasticity, can become more serene...
June 21, 2013
When my daughter Chloe was a couple of years old, she’d climb onto my lap,...
June 13, 2013
Nothing Much: the heart and soul of fatherhood
It dawned upon me on Friday night, as I sat anonymously, or nearly so, in...
June 06, 2013
Bullies, Baseball, and an Open Door
They’re still teenagers, still prone to gruffness and grumpiness—but for several hours a week, they...
May 31, 2013
Faith Without Formulas
They’re formulas, after all—not prophylactics that protect us from death, ignorance, pain, and evil.
May 23, 2013
Keep a Quarter in Your Pocket
My wife, Priscilla Pope-Levison, whose book Building the Old Time Religion will be out this...
May 15, 2013
Pentecost for the Rest of Us
So what are we left with this ordinary Pentecost Sunday? Wait together, pray together, study...
May 14, 2013
After the Jelly Beans Are All Gone … Comes Pentecost
Utter abandon and utter clarity. What a thrill, to feel God so deeply and to...
May 09, 2013
Welcome, Black and Blue Saints
I’m writing for the survivors, scarred (scared, too) people who keep swimming, the relentlessly faithful,...
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