An Exchange on Love

I borrowed the following from an online exchange on a friend’s Facebook wall. Friend: If your theology doesn’t lead you to love people more, you should question your theology. Friend of that friend: But you don’t have to love what they do. This sounds like the familiar saying, so popular among evangelicals: “love the sinner,…

SEEING GOD

No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known. – John 1:18 On it’s face this doesn’t make sense. What about Abraham? Jacob? Moses? Isaiah? Ezekiel? It is much deeper than this. It is the understanding of…

Thinking About What We Value

People are made in the image of God. Flags are not. Songs, no matter how patriotic, are not. Maybe if we spent half as much energy caring about the lives and struggles of flesh and blood people as we do about the symbols that are supposed to represent our connections to them we could advance…

Leaving Evangelical Christianity

The following ideas and sentiments have, for me, accumulated over the last several years and gained momentum in the last seven months. Maybe you’ve felt these pangs as well or been troubled by the same things or perhaps none of this concerns you. Whatever the case this is about my experience and my goodbye letter…

“You Only Know as Much as You Do” – St. Francis

“The early Franciscan friars and Poor Clares wanted to be Gospel practitioners instead of merely ‘word police, ‘inspectors,’ or ‘museum curators’ as Pope Francis calls some clergy. Both Francis and Clare offered their rules as a forma vitae, or form of life. They saw orthopraxy (correct practice) as a necessary parallel, and maybe even precedent, to verbal orthodoxy (correct teaching). History has…

All is Eden

Listen: The Lod God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and to take care of it. Reflect: What if all the world is sacred space? What if the treated our communities, states, nations, and this world as Eden? Response: Lord, let me know your presence in every…

The Brotherhood of Humanity

My first attempt at Lectio Divina reading Genesis 1. Listen: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him.” Reflect: The brotherhood of humanity links back to God’s creation act. And so when Jesus says that the two greatest commandments are to love God and to love your neighbor (Matthew)…

Remain in Love

“We are fortunate to be alive now when we have so much possibility for growth in love.”

Live Always from Love

How precious in the sight of God, and all people, is a person who tries to live always from love. – Thalassios the Libyan  

The Vine and the Branches

“The ‘vine and the branches’ are one of the greatest Christian mystical images of the nonduality between God and soul. In and with God, I can love everything and everyone- even my enemies.”