A lament. Written for Good Friday and every day when the darkness takes over the whole horizon and beyond.Read more "Stars Grow Dark"
We are nearing the end of Lent, and completing our reflections on Ecclesiastes. It has been an illuminating exercise for me. Understanding has found me in a way it never has before with this text. It is both encouraging and nerve-wracking, showing me how much transformation I have yet to experience.Read more "Meaningless: Reflections for Lent, Week 6"
The writer of Ecclesiastes continues to challenge American common sense. The text continues to point toward the worthlessness of pursuing wealth and power. This third week of Lent, as we contemplate the Christ who gave up divinity, who let go of boundless power and ageless life, in order to experience something better, it’s hard not to see the parallels.Read more "Meaningless: Reflections for Lent, Week 3"
As we observe the second week of Lent, reflecting on the words of Ecclesiastes, I find myself thinking about the prominent people in our world as I read chapters 3 and 4. I also find reminders for myself. The work I do is important for my clients, and the money I earn is important for my family. The classes I take are important for our future. But if I spend so much time meeting my responsibilities and lose my relationships or let opportunities pass me by, I’m a fool.Read more "Meaningless: Reflections for Lent, Week 2"
A few years ago, in what seemed a different life, I had an experience that deeply impacted me and shaped much of how I viewed myself in relation to the people I encounter. The catalyst at the time was viewing the movie Silver Linings Playbook.Read more "Forgotten Margins, Revisited"
I’ve been thinking about writing a post on abortion for some time. I mentioned it in my last post, and I received responses from people saying they were looking forward to it. But now that it comes down to it, I don’t wanna. Honestly, it’s kinda scary. I’m fairly confident everyone will hate me when […]Read more "Pro-Abundant-Life"
My faith is the most important aspect of who I am. For it to be real, it must influence every other part of my life, including how I think of politics and how I vote. I can’t claim to believe Jesus called us to care for the poor, for example, and then not vote or support politicians who would enact policies that would care for the poor. It would be hypocritical and faithless. It does not negate my responsibility to care for them more directly. Neither negates the other. Serving at a soup kitchen or giving money or donating or even inviting a homeless family to eat in my home would not release me of my responsibility to vote in a way that would effect help for not just the few I meet but all people nationwide.Read more "An Evangelical Feeling the Bern"