Year: 2013

Fickle Fairyland Faith

I won’t share the convoluted audit trail that leads to this post, but a series of unrelated incidents all point me back to this particular story.  When I was in Nashville, I related to a young, well-meaning Christian who went from ultra-committed and ultra-pious to uber-atheist in the blink of […]

Lego Church

Forgive the annoying “back when I was a boy…” beginning to this reflection, but, back when I was a boy a Lego kit consisted of a box of white, black, yellow, blue and red bricks that came in eight different sizes.  You could make anything your imagination could conceive of, […]

Ecumenically Challenged

There are few things I hate worse than being sick on the road.  My wife and I are in Columbus, Ohio and I determined that now would be the ideal time to get a four-alarm sinus infection.  I can’t focus, I can’t breathe, I have a splitting headache… and I […]

Unoty

I am attending a National Workshop on Christian Unity this week in Columbus, Ohio.  It is an annual ecumenical gathering that focuses on how to build bridges, foster friendly relationships, and improve communication between Christian communions.  We talk about finding common ground, celebrating each other, and discovering spiritual synergy where […]

Open Mouth, Insert Foot

We tend to celebrate our pluralistic and richly diverse culture and, in the church, we talk long and loud about radical hospitality and open hearts/minds/doors.  Yet, we still seem to be having problems knitting our intercultural parts into a well-integrated body of Christ.  There is so much latent and subversive […]

Saturday Stillness (The Mind of Christ)

All is darkness.  Was Jesus sentient at all on the Sabbath?  It is a disquieting association –Sabbath rest with death, yet on this seventh day, Jesus rested.  At what point did resurrection occur?  We know when the followers experienced it, but when did it begin?  When did the pneuma — […]

Friday Festerings (The Mind of Christ)

Life contains a series of liminal points, thresholds we cross that can never be uncrossed, actions taken that can never be untaken, transformative occurrences that change everything for all time.  The inevitability of the cross increased in certainty from the moment Jesus was arrested in the Garden — everything in the ensuing […]

Thursday Thoughts (The Mind of Christ)

Can we truly imagine a death sentence, even of our own choosing?  What goes through one’s heart and mind when the narrow path forward leads to pain, anguish, violence, humiliation and destruction?  What sources provide the internal fortitude to face such an overwhelming crisis?  When such a terrible fate awaits […]