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Breath and Fire

May 31, 2020
The Holy Spirit is still speaking. The Spirit is still uttering God’s life-giving, death-defying word. The question is: are we listening?
In one of her letters, Flannery O’Connor offers a straightforward assessment of the struggle to overcome doubt: “When we get our spiritual house in order, we’ll be dead.”
when our anger is the result of a bruised ego, we should find ways of managing it because, when acted upon, it can be harmful to others and spiritually toxic for ourselves. But when our anger is a consequence of love for neighbor or for ourselves, then it can be “fuel” for living faithfully as God’s people.
The Bible is full of lament, which is the practice of naming the experience of suffering and crying out to God about it. Grief and lament, these things go together. One is the weight we feel; the other is our attempt to express it.
There’s a children’s game I played only a few times—I was bad at it—called OPERATION!. It was battery-operated, but simple enough to play. The board was a cartoon outline of…

Give it a rest

April 26, 2020
Sabbath and jubilee are gifts God has given us for the proper balance and flourishing of the whole creation. In our time, doing less and consuming less are ways we put these ancient concepts of sabbath and jubilee into practice.
Good morning, everybody! Happy Second Sunday of Easter, properly called the Octave Day of Easter, which is to say, the eighth day after Easter. Our Anglican cousins often call today…

Not a normal Easter

April 12, 2020
It’s true, this isn’t a normal Easter, but maybe that’s the point. Because what the empty tomb promises us is something more meaningful, more hopeful, and more enduring than mere normal.

Hear the Hosannas

April 5, 2020
Jesus, who in just a few verses turns the tables over in the temple and provokes the wrath of both church and state, flips over our ideas of power, what it looks like, and who has it.

Life Death Cannot Touch

March 29, 2020
We know before Ezekiel shows us the multitude of breathless bodies standing that there is more to living than having a body.