STORYTELLING

Backleading A Poem

Backleading: A Poem. The prelude began on a Nashville night; The first movement ended on a Mississippi highway.

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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?”

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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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Fire Fairy Tale

Theologian and consummate wit G.K. Chesterton once wrote, "Fairy tales are more than true - not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten." This idea comes to mind as I read the...

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Two High Places

Eventually we all get at least one shot to stand in metaphorical high places and make a decision.

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How Shaving and Following Jesus Are Related

For years I bought into the shaving hype: Gillette razors. I always shelled out for the newest razor with 3 blades, then 4, then 5 including one on the back of the razor, even one that uses a battery and vibrates. Then at the...

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On Belonging

Sometimes our architecture and geographic plans can speak truths into our lives. Though we don't currently live on a cul-de-sac, we've resided on several in the past. One of our previous homes was located on a...

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Your Story Matters

Maybe you’ve been told, directly or indirectly, that your story doesn’t matter. That’s a lie. The Story of You means something.

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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 birth, new...

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On the Gift of Nothingness

Recently, while reading through Ecclesiastes (Qoheleth), one of my favorite sections of Hebrew scripture, I remembered how nothingness can be a gift. What if we really viewed life as a gift? This is the only conclusion we can...

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The Outsiders’ Lament

[callout]This post also appears on ALTARWORK.com.[/callout] 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,...

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They Kill the Prophets

Jesus is recorded as having said, "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you ..." (Luke 13.34).  It's not too hard to see why prophets are rejected, even killed. We prophets are hard to tolerate for too long. [featured-image...

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The God Who Takes Risks

The God who takes risks has no fear of surprises. It’s God’s own riskiness that leads to his creation unravelling.

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On the Living Word and the Written Word

I love God’s Story, Scripture, the Bible. I do believe that this text holds divinely inspired words. I’ve devoted the majority of my adult years to the study and interpretation of this text (and will continue to do so). But God’s Story is not my final authority;...

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Choosing Kindness Over Proving I’m Right

I like to be right. Confidence in my knowledge and skills comes naturally (perhaps, too easily). Being kind on the other hand ... Yeah, I'm not good at choosing kindness.  It took a piece of children's fiction to show me that. ...

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Sacrifice of Comfort // from the archives

*This post first appeared September 18, 2007 // At that time, we had just one child and one on the way ... Seems so long ago ... A week ago, on a breezy Monday night, my family and I joined some friends outside a store to give away something: free hugs. It was part of...

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Who Is God? 6 Ways to Answer the Question

Do you ever find yourself groping for words when you try to address the question “Who is God”? Let’s be real: many of us would rather not have to be bothered with answering this question. And yet, we need to be able to articulate what we think we know.

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A Story of Hope

The purpose of any good story is to show us where we fit into it.  In many stories we find ourselves as the main character.  But the story of hope at Advent shows us we are not the center.  And it is in that displacement that we have immeasurable hope. [featured-image...

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