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Forgiveness – Love in Real Life

Through heaves of sorrow from a broken heart, he asked “Does repentance have to come before forgiveness? They have no idea how they have destroyed me.  How do I forgive?” They are unaware. Oblivious to how much they have hurt my friend. So is there any theological (or otherwise) position to forgiving those who hurt…
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Vulnerability – Art of Showing Up

They started their presentation with a 10-minute litany of why they are “f’'d up,” and this led into a conversation about vulnerability.  Their attempt to connect with us with pseudo vulnerability was less connecting, and more ‘this person could really benefit from some therapy.”  I think vulnerability is often misunderstood.   For lots of folks, vulnerability…
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What’s your Puddle of Piss?

A fly sat on a straw on a puddle of donkey piss full of pride it lifted up its head: ”I am the captain of this ship master of this ocean!” - Rumi Translated and emitted by Omid Safi Radical Love.  Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Traditions Share This:
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The Least of These

Once upon a time there were two brothers and they lived with their aging mother.  Every night one brother would devote himself to care for his mother, serving her with patience and tenderness.  The other brother, a devout sincere religious person spent his evenings in prayer and worship of God. It came to pass that…
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Two Parades. The Lie of Sacred Violence

It was the beginning of Passover as Jesus and his friends headed to Jerusalem for the to celebrate Israel's liberation from Egypt.  Word spread that He was on His way to the city. People ran out to meet this Jesus who was taking the land by storm, with his radical teachings of love; turning the…
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Obedience versus Surrender

Surrender to God is more accurately understood as the giving of oneself as gift. Obedience surrenders ones back... love inspired surrender gives ones whole self - including our heart.
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Deeper for the sake of Good

The Big Idea: Our best, most authentic work needs to be rooted in something bigger than us and our good work. A deep guiding force that keeps us from being consumed by our good work or worse, becoming that which we resist. We think that the good work in and of itself will keep us…
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I’d rather die than …

My heart aches.  Groans inside of me.  Sometimes screams and some times weeps. The tactics they use Diabolical Each one The primal temptation - an eye for an eye. An ever present crouching tiger at the door. I’d rather die than pick up their sword. I’d rather lose the battle than fight the way they…
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Facing my Violence for Justice Sake

Volumes have been spewed on the Washington Memorial - Covington School - Black Israelites - Indigenous drummer incident a week or so ago. As I watched, I became more distraught.  Through the cauldron of emotion I sensed a nudge to suspend judgement.  An invitation to pause and to “see”. What I saw in myself was…
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When Dirt isn’t Dirty

I was at a gathering a couple of weeks ago, and one of the folks facilitating chose dirt as a metaphor.  He rode that metaphor pretty hard as he reminded us repeatedly that we are dirty by nature and because dirty isn’t good we needed Jesus to make us clean.  Sometimes, when we ride a…
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