In which I am gratefully disillusioned

Dear Pastor, leader, dear teacher, dear friend: Do you remember how I used to call you the “Man of God?” I grew up believing that you  were better than us because surely you spent hours and hours in study and prayer and reflection on The Things of God. I learned to “touch not the Lord’s […]

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In which I link you up (vol. 47)

must read of the week The Man in the Centre by John Blase more link love What now? by Rachel Held Evans In search of a better gospel by Micah J. Murray An Open Letter from the Praxis Team When the roads to Zion mourn by Kelley Nikondeha Healers, Bridge Builders, and Community Cultivators by Kathy Escobar […]

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In which I’m looking for subversive hope

Haiti makes Walter Brueggemann make a bit more sense to me. The Bruegg (as I affectionately and irreverantly think of him) is the theologian who has been wrecking building my life over the past year or so.  In The Prophetic Imagination, he writes that real hope only comes after despair. Only if we have tasted despair, […]

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In which this is for the ones who stay

I’m here beside you. I’m here beside you: as we watch a steady stream of our children and our friends and our mentors walk out the doors of our buildings, the remains of their goodbye still in our ears. Their reasons for leaving church are complex. Sometimes you understand, other times it’s confusing. And it’s […]

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