Non-dualistic: Becoming “Non” for Lent | Week 2

We have grown so accustomed to viewing ourselves, our beliefs, and our world as a struggle between extremes that it’s difficult to pry ourselves away from that for one week of Lent to become non-dualistic. But if we manage such a colossal feat, we may be surprised with what we discover.

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What Does It Mean to Become “Non” for Lent?

This 6-week journey of "Becoming 'Non' for Lent" is something I've chosen to do for two reasons: It can be replicated at any time during the year, and be revisited with different "nons" each Lent; For Jesus-followers and others alike, we need space and time to...

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Embracing Our Stories

Our stories are part of us. They've been part of the human project for all of our shared memory. A man and a woman, a tree and an apple, at the beginning of human history. Or an earth-diving bird who plunges from the great beyond to the depths of the sea, disturbing...

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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...

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Practicing Resurrection Subversively

How easily we forget. If resurrection is both a reality and a metaphor for how we view the world, then we should be about practicing resurrection in creative ways all the time. Enter stage right: Wendell Berry. Wendell Berry...

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Bonhoeffer on Stupidity and Independence

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a Lutheran minister, theologian, and philosopher who resisted the rise of the Nazi regime. He actually used the governmental post he was offered as a cover for subverting Hitler. This got him arrested. He was executed just a few months before...

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Clearing Space

For about a month I've been clearing space: mentally, emotionally, and likely in some ways I'm still not aware of. For the seasons of Advent and Christmas I decided to unplug from a few things in order to make room for something new. I'm not sure if the new has yet...

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The Will to Love

Pride is a nasty vice. At the same time it enables us to achieve something, it also cuts at the base of that same achievement. Most of our blind spots about ourselves have their genesis in pride. I'm recently aware it has prevented me from seeing something clearly....

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The Outsider Is My Salvation: From the Archives

[callout]This post first appeared in May, 2016. It is good reminder to us now.[/callout] 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. [featured-image...

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The Arc of Fear

The arc of fear is a powerful motivator. But the arc of fear never finishes bending where it seems to lead, because under the immense pressure of such a significant force, it will always at some point break. History and...

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Remember: A Prayer on the Eve of Election Day

A brief prayer on the eve of the US election day, to remind us what is real. Remember, this too will pass. Like all things, Like always. We've fashioned something much bigger of this: Holding up a funhouse mirror to our system...

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God Left the Building

This is not a newsflash. Consider it a public service announcement and a reminder from about 2500 years ago. Before Jesus of Nazareth ever walked the earth, we were told the God he called Father was not contained in a building we may deem sacred. And if there was any...

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