About Daniel Karistai

Daniel is a husband, IT Manager and seminarian who loves his city of New Orleans. He's a Catholic drawn to monastic disciplines of prayer, stability, community, presence and simplicity. He's an avid coffee drinker, won't often turn down a bourbon or scotch with friends.

You can find him on Twitter and on Facebook.

War! What is it good for? [Daniel Karistai]

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I am a pacifist.What I mean by that is in every conflict I have I make a concerted effort to not respond with violence. What I mean by that is I try to uphold the dignity of the other especially when we are at odds. I understand violence as the most primitive form of dehumanization. When I act violently toward another I not only dehumanize my sense of self (or character) but I also dehumanize the other. This makes it possible to be violent toward the rest of creation as well. If I were to … [Read more...]

Beyond Engagement: Will These Bones Live? [Daniel Karistai]

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The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones. And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry. And he said to me, 'Son of man, can these bones live?'  -Ezekiel 37:1-3 This is the third and final post of a series of thoughts and questions I've been working through on the topic of Participation.  It has been more of a … [Read more...]

Beyond Consumption: Participation in the Local Church [Daniel Karistai]

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Before I dive in to the second part of these installments exploring what Participation can and maybe should look like I want to give an important caveat to everything I write below - especially in light of all this tragedy that has come out of Sovereign Grace Ministries and the JPUSA:  You are made in the image of God and that means you are entitled to be treated with the upmost respect and dignity that Christ extended to the "least of these".  If we take Christ's words seriously in the Great Com … [Read more...]

Rooted: The Apophatic City [Daniel Karistai]

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 From time to time I enjoy playing “tourist” in my city, New Orleans.And given that we receive several million tourists every year that’s not a difficult thing to do. If I’m with my wife we will usually find something new to do, but when I’m alone I have a little bit of a ritual. I’ll hit one of my favorite coffee shops behind the cathedral on Royal Street. It’s really quite a place. You walk down a little bit of an alley and you enter into this European style courtyard. Even though … [Read more...]

Beyond Mere Imitation: Looking Back on Holy Week [Daniel Karistai]

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We’ve all heard the sermon, right? You know, the badly regurgitated version of substitutionary atonement with more than a little bit of an obsession with the eternal hellfire bit of the formula. If you don’t know what I’m talking about come visit me in New Orleans. I’ll take you down to Bourbon Street one night and we’ll invariably find a guy who is quite literally standing on a soapbox and shouting through his microphone to anybody that will listen about the sort of future they will have if they … [Read more...]


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