simply, Christian

a meditation

There is a contemplative in all of us, almost strangled but still alive, who craves quiet enjoyment of the Now, and longs to touch the seamless garment of silence which makes whole.

—Alan P. Tory

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August 28, 2016

why are we so afraid?

I have written before about the fear that grips Americans, including American Christians. Our entire political process is driven by fear—of the other party, of terrorism, of threats from other nations, of (fill in the blank).

It’s nonsensical.

Regarding political parties, they have both had about equal shares of the . . .

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August 26, 2016

a windows-down road trip

why losing the a/c was the best part of the voyage

Heading out of Little Rock last weekend for my hometown in southern Indiana the air conditioner went out on our van. While at first our hearts all sank at the prospect of driving 400 miles with the air out through the August sun, it didn’t take long for us to realize that this accident would be the best part of the trip!

Having the . . .

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August 09, 2016

the cross as misfortune

"Suffering" is not a very popular word in the vernacular of contemporary American Christianity. Oh sure, we talk about 'suffering' and 'persecution' from time-to-time, even in our own cultural context, but can be we honest for a minute and admit that such things have really no part our American Christian experience? . . .

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July 25, 2016

how NOT to pray

an appalling prayer by Pastor Mark Burns

I did not watch yesterday’s coverage of the first day of the Republican National Convention. I will not watch today’s coverage or any coverage of this convention or the Democratic National Convention. I did read through some of the transcripts of various speeches and found very little that was original, inspiring, or confidence-building. Was . . .

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July 19, 2016

time to return to writing

it's not you, it's me

I’ve been silent on this blog for some months now. Not that I haven’t been writing, I just haven’t been writing consistently or online. The events of the past few months have driven me inward, forcing me to contemplate aspects of faith and life that have been largely ignored or little explored before now—aspects like violence, pacifism, war, . . .

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July 16, 2016

worship: tremble with me

The act of worship is an amazing thing. To be invited into communion and fellowship with the very Creator and Sustainer of the universe is mind-blowing in-and-of itself. To be invited into this sacred moment, however, as his children is even more incredible.

I admit, I often take this marvelous privilege for granted.

Pr. . . .

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March 09, 2016