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our nation and our orientation

What would you say our nation needs more of?more...

my next tattoo

"Jesus is the center of our faith. Community is the center of our lives. Reconciliation is the center of our work."

So says Palmer Becker, a theologian in the Mennonite tradition.

My next tattoo, I think. (Wink, wink.)

Seriously though, I commend Becker's words to you for your reflection. They capture with such freshness, it seems to me, so much that is essential to who we aspire to be.more...

a nation, a sword, a peace

Sometimes we hear something freshly. Thank God.   more...

HOPE

The Gospel Ship is one of the most ancient of Christian images. In Jerusalem, there is a drawing of the Gospel Ship, down in the depths of the Church of the Resurrection (also known as the Holy Sepulcher), dating to the year 300, graffiti left by pilgrims, with the words in Latin, "Lord, we have come." more...

This isn't a rehearsal

Born with a heart defect, Eldridge wasn't supposed to live to be 20. When he reached 50, he celebrated by swimming 25 laps in an Olympic-size swimming pool. And then, as the close of another quarter-century neared, he told friends that there were two things left he wanted to do, reach 75 and finish the book he'd been researching for 25 years. He did both. And, as the superior of the Society of St. John the Evangelist (SSJE) said of Eldridge at his funeral, "He delighted in being alive."more...

the uncool parts of us

For me, an absolutely essential part of going on retreat is taking with me one deep, good, spiritually-rich read of easily manageable length (125-175 pages). This last week, while I was with the monks, it was Nadia Bolz-Weber's Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People, which I've been meaning to read since it came out in 2015. And it did not disappoint. As with her earlier Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of Sinner & Saint, there is an endearing, compelling authenticity in Nadia's storytelling that is inspiring and even, I want to say, contagious. more...

the inner life and the outer life

"Just because you're mad doesn't make you a prophet."more...

to make or not to make "trouble"

Each of us on our own stool, we sat in a row with our palms flat on the countertop in front of us, our heads down and eyes closed. The lurid whispers burst into loud shouting, then back again into a breathy intensity, flashing up against one ear, then the other, then back again; along with the crashing sounds of breaking glass and of pounding on the countertop, accompanied by vibrations running up our arms, and kicks against the bases of our stools, vibrating through our whole bodies.more...

American Gospel

This week I finished reading John Meacham's American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation. I commend Meacham's book to you (and not only because he's a Sewanee man! -- we overlapped on the Mountain for two years, if I recall). more...

to circle the drain, or to break out of the current

Circling the drain. That's what it's sometimes like when we let ourselves get swept into a current of negative thoughts.more...

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