The Outsiders’ Lament

The Outsiders’ Lament

This post also appears on ALTARWORK.com. This isn’t ideal: to be the outsiders, to be outside of your inside; yet here we are, some by choice, others by circumstance; all of us, sadly, by purloined precedent. This is not the practice He inspired, nor the pattern...
The Antonym of Me: A Lenten Confession

The Antonym of Me: A Lenten Confession

Do you ever feel like the antonym of all you want to be? Flawed, helpless, ineffective, uninspired, failed? Maybe there is something to be discovered in the space between where we are and where we want to be.

The Good Muslim: A Parable

The Good Muslim: A Parable

One day, a religious expert wanted to test Jesus, so he asked, “How do I experience God-quality life?”

Jesus answered, as he so often did, with a question, “What do you see in your own texts; how do you interpret them?”

Why Jesus Was, and Still Is, a Refugee

Why Jesus Was, and Still Is, a Refugee

Though I will briefly cover the historicity which shows Jesus was a refugee as a child, the greater scope of this article is to ponder a theological-philosophical possibility about Jesus being a refugee in the here and now. Such a consideration should affect how we...
The Outsider Is My Salvation: From the Archives

The Outsider Is My Salvation: From the Archives

This post first appeared in May, 2016. It is good reminder to us now. If the person of Jesus is my salvation, then where is Jesus found? In those who are “other” from us, from me. Liberty, freedom, and salvation are in the outsider. Insiders Are Outsiders...
Exile, Grief, and Hope

Exile, Grief, and Hope

The Hebrew word for exile is galah which means “to strip naked or bare.” Our ancient spiritual ancestors experienced this, and we have the strange opportunity to experience it now. A Brief Survey of Biblical Exile The people in Babylonian exile were stripped of...
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