The Wind and Waves of Fear (Jonah 1)

The Wind and Waves of Fear (Jonah 1)

The invitation is to remember God’s scandalous grace, and so become a people who are present to the depths of each and every moment, seeing God in more and more and more people, places, and events, each and every day. And in the midst of the storms that arise around us, we now get to be a people who are willing to die to our own preferences and privileges, laying our lives down for the sake of our neighbor, just as God did for us when we were still his enemies. And because of God’s dangerous grace, we now get to jump into the storms of sin and shame that threaten to drown our neighbors.

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Heroes & Heretics: The Desert Mothers and Fathers

Heroes & Heretics: The Desert Mothers and Fathers

Their story starts in the 3rd century. The Roman Empire was still in power, and it was still making life a little difficult for Christians, and it was still representing values that Christians didn’t. So a group of early Christians ran away to the deserts of Egypt and the Middle East. They ran to escape the heavy hand of Roman rule on top of them and to finally live free. They ran from their wealth toward a life of poverty, from comfort toward a life of wilderness wandering.

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Heroes & Heretics: Donatus Magnus

Heroes & Heretics: Donatus Magnus

This week, we’re going back to the fourth century to study a human who was given the label heretic. His name is Donatus Magnus, and he was the leader of the movement that has been given the name “The Donatist Heresy.” As I spent time with the story, it captivated me.  The Donatus story is a story of trauma, pain, bias, and politics. At its core, the Donatist Heresy asks the question, “How far does forgiveness reach? How far must we extend it?”  

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Heroes & Heretics: St. Catherine of Siena

Heroes & Heretics: St. Catherine of Siena

St. Catherine of Siena's story is one of God using the uneducated to stump the wise, and the weak to shame the strong. Her’s is the story of God using the lowly and powerless to nullify the high and mighty. But -- her’s is also a story of tragedy. A story of a debilitating eating disorder driven in large part by an unrelenting quest for perfection. She is a hero that the world couldn’t see coming, didn’t really know what to do with, and in the end, couldn’t be without. 

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Heroes & Heretics: Flannery O'Connor

Heroes & Heretics: Flannery O'Connor

Flannery O’Connor had a lot of the acerbic wit of Twain, and certainly wrestled with some of the same fears about the future. Being a devout Catholic, this writer wouldn’t abide me calling her a saint, and being humble and self-aware she wouldn’t abide me calling her a hero. But she offered something to me and many others that most great American authors couldn’t offer, something that repositioned her whole view of humanity and existence.

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Heroes and Heretics: Origen with an E

Heroes and Heretics: Origen with an E

Today I want to introduce you to a similar young man. Zealous and tenacious and, like Anne, familiar with tragedy from a young age. His name is Origen....with an E (05 Origen with an E). One of the greatest theologians in Christian history that perhaps is only rivaled by Augustine in genius and only by Anne Shirley in his imagination. More than anything what I love about Anne Shirley is that she is a learner. She and Origen share a ravenous love for learning and for books. And like Anne, his speculation got him into some trouble.
 

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