Monthly Archives: August 2017

Changing the Schema

Paul talks about being conformed and being transformed in our lives and we usually gloss over this part because it’s so obvious. I think it’s time to take the red pill and see how deep the rabbit hole goes. Continue reading

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A Living Offering

I started out assuming that being a ‘living sacrifice’ was about suffering for Jesus but after rummaging about in the Greek and listening to some early theologians, I’ve changed my mind. Continue reading

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Becoming Human After Horror

PTSD seems to be the diagnosis du jour while brokenness and injury pop up in conversations all over. It is important to talk about them, to bring out into the open things we were supposed to pretend didn’t happen. Yet wallowing in wounds is unhealthy. Faith and the community of faith have a pathway out of that mess, a pathway toward being human. Continue reading

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I’ve Got Nothing

We expect Jesus to be nice, so when he’s a flaming jerk to the Canaanite woman we’re at a bit of a loss. We can learn something about faith in this story but to do so we have to start with “I’ve got nothing” Continue reading

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I Renounce Them

In the rite of baptism we “renounce the devil, all his empty promises, and all his wicked ways.” It can seem like an empty gesture, but let me tell you about one of those wicked ways: white supremacy. Continue reading

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Participial Christianity

Somewhere along the line we picked up the notion that God is best understood in etherial, unemotional terms. This notion is, frankly, stupid and even the grammar of the bible tells us so. Continue reading

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