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Confronting my Sacred Violence

As I continue to wrestle with my own violence, and the violence of my tribe, I am aware how I (we) often whitewash our violence with a smile, a bible verse or rationalize our aggression in the name of God (or God causes) as if the end somehow justifies the means. Violence, even sacred violence…
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Loved into Love

The daily lectionary reading for today included a passage from Galatians 5. It contrasts the works of selfishness (flesh) and that of love (the Spirit). I like the way that Eugene Peterson's The Message renders it: “It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time:…
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Overcoming Negativity with Gratitude

Once upon an ancient time, there were two people wandering through the desert. They were two amongst many thousands of individuals. They were fleeing captivity of an oppressive King.  Called out of their captivity by God, they were a little confused and frightened, and hopeful for a better life. A homeland of their own. A promised…
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Investment Strategy

Once upon a time there was a rich investor, and she had a very successful portfolio of investments.    One day she determined that she would have to go on an extended business trip, and she called three of her managers to her office. She explained to them about the business trip and that she…
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Lost and Found

Have been bumping into many folks recently (myself included) who are feeling really stretched. They have a lot going on in their life and feel overwhelmed and a little lost in the swirl of unknowing that life can often be. This poem speaks to me, and maybe to you too? Especially this line: "Stand still.…
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Outgrowing Our Best Stories

Whenever we talk about God, we are talking about mystery. Sometimes all our good thinking about God can domesticate God into a systematic, compartmentalized way of knowing and relating to God. While many of us would agree that God is much bigger than our biggest, best thoughts many of us live unwittingly as a hostage…
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Square Peg in a Round Hole World

David Hayward, aka as the Naked Pastor posted a cartoon recently (see above).   This cartoon spoke to me, and I am beginning to understand why I resonate with it, and it is for deeply personal reasons. Confession time. I feel like a square peg, and I have all my life.  For most of my…
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Sun behind all suns – Prayer

Sun behind all suns, Soul behind all souls, ..... Show to us in everything we touch and in everyone we meet the continued assurance of Your presence 'round us: lest ever we should think you are absent. In all created things You are there. In every friend we have the sunshine of Your presence is shown…
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Can’t Buy the Kingdom of God

There is a virus that seeks to hijack healthy spirituality. In effect, it makes not only our faith very small, but it makes us smaller as people. The difficulty is that this virus masquerades as a form of godliness, and it works it's toxicity subtlely at first, and before we know it, we are scratching…
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Spiritual Journey Series – Interior Castle 3

This seven-part series explores St. Teresa of Avila's Interior Castle. This is not a program to be worked but as we explore each facet in a general sense, we will gain a deeper perspective of the journey and where we may be at any giving time. The spiritual journey requires effort and deliberateness as much as…
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