Author Archives: pstrobus

About pstrobus

The product of a youth misspent in libraries. I realized early that language is important and that words have a great deal of power and so I listen for the shape of the ideas as well as the words.

Advent IS Blue Christmas

Churches have taken to celebrating Blue Christmas, a pause to grieve amid the happiness around us. Spiritually speaking, the whole season of Advent is our Blue Christmas. Continue reading

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I Wanna Puppy!

The disciples “wanna, wanna puppy!” and have no clue what they are getting themselves into. But Jesus is there to lovingly show them what it really means to open their lives to another being. Continue reading

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Leaving and Cleaving

Wedding services mention this ‘leaving and cleaving’ business as if it were a perfunctory nod to sex. It’s really about the full and hard work of intimacy, and that’s a totally different story. Continue reading

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Punching Satan in the Face

There are days when, in our frustration, we want to punch evil right in the face. But that’s a big project, so how could we do it? Call our designated Satan’s-Face-Puncher, of course! Continue reading

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Scandal!

Scandals can be delicious sources of good gossip and deeply damaging at the same time. How do we deal with scandals then and what does this have to do with Jesus’ comment about “putting a stumbling block in front of these little ones?” Continue reading

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Taking Up Crosses

Crosses are a place of suffering and suffering seems fairly universal so does this mean that any old suffering will do, that all suffering, all crosses, are more or less equal? Um, no. Continue reading

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