what i do on sundays
I tried wake-boarding and failed spectacularly. As I rumbled with the fear and shame failing brought, I remembered that the Jesus Tradition offers a different way to understand and think about failure. What if failure isn’t something to be avoided, but something to embrace?
everything is spiritual. Even buying a house. In the month since moving into the house we bought, Ive learned a lot about the spiritual life and what it means to be human. Here are four of them.
Love your enemies? Everyone belongs? Die in order to find life?! Resurrection happens?!? Sounds pretty crazy. But the wisdom our tradition teaches is that crazy isn’t something to reject or tame, but something to embrace because its in the embracing that true life begins to happen.
what the surprising thing that happened to me in NYC’s Office of the Marriage Clerk taught me about what it means to be the church.
Why does Jesus show up as a stranger? Its a good question and one that asks us some questions of its own: 'how can we be strangers to others' and 'what do we do with the strangers in our own lives and worlds?'
Fear is one of the most powerful emotions we can experience. The question becomes: what do we do with it? How do we navigate through it? Maybe the way through it is the same way Jesus gave the first disciples when they were rumbling with all kinds of fear: peace and breath.
why is Palm Sunday a big deal for us? It doesnt just send us into Holy Week or name Jesus as 'the Christ,' it also tells us a very important truth about what it means to be human and alive in this world: there are two ways to do everything - the way of power and the way of love.
In 2017 there were 65 million people displaced in our world. Thats 1 in 113 people. As we have conversations about what to do with immigration and refugees, we need to know how to have that conversation as people of faith and spirituality. We need to ask: 'what is God saying to us about this? Turns out, God is saying something we need to hear.
There are a lot of really crazy stories in the Bible. While we could ignore them, we could also ask why they were told and see if they still have some wisdom for us today. One of my favs is really nuts: it's about a bald guy who makes some bears to eat some kids. We could dismiss it, or we could hear its wisdom: beware what happens when we snap and lose control.
there is a movement to grace: God comes into our sickness, our brokenness, and deaths, takes us by the hand, lifts us up out of it, and leads us back into health, back into wholeness, and back into life as it was meant to be. The question it leaves us with is 'how will we be stewards of that life and love?'
We all have power. Whether its our words, actions, presence, or how we spend our money, we all have the ability to influence the people and world around us. The question is: how do we use that power? Do we use it for our own benefit or do we use it for the benefit of the people and world around us?
its probably the question i get asked the most: what do we do with our suffering? we do the only thing we can do: we enter into it.