Why Suffering Yields Newness

Why Suffering Yields Newness

I haven’t met many people who like suffering. If anything, our frailty, pride, and sense of self seeks to avoid suffering. But maybe the willingness to alleviate and evade all suffering at all costs is misguided. I’ve been thinking a lot about newness, new...
Now What?, or Post-Easter Blues?

Now What?, or Post-Easter Blues?

The day after Easter Sunday sometimes feels like one of those “Now what?” moments. It’s similar to that possible let-down feeling the day after Christmas. All the celebration and joy and yada yada was great; but now what do we do?

Non-theistic: Becoming “Non” for Lent | Week 6

Non-theistic: Becoming “Non” for Lent | Week 6

Why in the world would we ever want to become non-theistic during one of the most obviously theistic seasons of the liturgical year? To such a natural question I would respond with another question: Why have we not done such a thing more often?

Non-combative: Becoming “Non” for Lent | Week 5

Non-combative: Becoming “Non” for Lent | Week 5

Conflict is part of life, because relationships are part of life. Where there are relationships, there will be conflict. We also experience conflict within ourselves if we strive toward any modicum of personal growth.

Non-conformist: Becoming “Non” for Lent | Week 4

Non-conformist: Becoming “Non” for Lent | Week 4

There are dozens, likely hundreds of ways, we conform to what’s expected of us and what we’ve learned is normal. And it is highly probable that we conform in these ways without even being aware of it.

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.

Non-equivalent: Becoming “Non” for Lent | Week 3

Non-equivalent: Becoming “Non” for Lent | Week 3

Though we worthily strive to speak with inclusivity and practice equality, the harsh reality is that much inequality persists. Also, we grow every time we view ourselves as non-equivalent in relation to so much we aspire toward.

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