I think we all live, not out of an overflow of love, but out of a deficit. We live, not as if we are loved, but desperately needing love, craving love, even hoarding love - love that we can only get if we do all of the right things. And continue doing them, forever.Read More
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Here’s the thing about clanging cymbals. When everyone’s clanging their own pair of cymbals, declaring their own views and condemning all others, no one can hear each other anymore. We stop listening. And as much as it seems like we’re communicating - over communicating it seems - we end up in a world where anger is the prevailing climate, and loneliness is the pervasive epidemic.Read More
We all have people we’d rather shun or ignore, than run to help. We all have people or teams or tribes who we secretly (or not so secretly) cheer over when things don’t go the way they wanted. Who is that for you? Who do you have a hard time loving?
In the next two weeks, we’ll see how the story wraps up. But this week is about the middle part, the in-between part, the part where Jonah’s in trouble and as readers, we’re just not sure how he’s going to get out of it.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Vivek Murthy, the surgeon general of the United States, has said many times in recent years that the most prevalent health issue in the country is not cancer or heart disease or obesity. It is isolation. Let's take a look at how Jesus directs us to fight loneliness together.Read More
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?”Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More