Overcoming Suffering

“How do WE overcome anything?” We fight it, kill it, avoid it, escape it, buy it off, trick it, destroy it, zap it…

Redemption and Disturbing Mission | Thinking about Justice, Part 3

Worshipping God while remaining complicit in a system that, by its very nature, devalues God’s image bearers, makes him into a ‘tribal deity.’

When is a believer not a believer? | Questions Jesus Asked 11

If you do not believe Moses’ writings how will you believe me? (John 5:47) Jesus has just been speaking about “accepting” praise from “peers” as opposed to “seeking” it from God. These peers were those who were assigned with “policing religious orthodoxy.” Jesus’ curing of a man’s impairment has taken place on a day that…

We live in a fallen world… So what of it?

We were talking a while ago about prayer… not the “now-I-lay-me-down-to-sleep” sort of pious niceties, nor the generic “sending-good-vibes-your-way” sort of thing we often encounter. But prayer considered as a weapon. That’s something that can’t be done without an attitude of repentance… it certainly can’t be done if one is self-righteous or self-serving. But there’s…

Icons and Images, windows and mirrors

I’ve spent a lot of time in art galleries, looking at “pictures.” I’ve also spent a lot of time in Orthodox cathedrals, looking at icons. Some people would not see a distinction between the two… but, as I’ve thought about it, they are so different that I think it might even be deceptive to call…

The legacy of Maidan. Part 1. Spirituality.

As Ukraine struggles and lurches toward a national presidential and parliamentary election this Sunday, please continue to pray. I truly believe that a stable government with the democratic mandate of a “free and fair” election will go a long way toward bringing needed equilibrium (not “stability” yet) and beginning the long, complex job of national…

Taking the stage… if they’ll have me

I shared yesterday about my little improvisational adventure in Hungary, blowing harp with a band of Germans playing Bob Marley. I’d like to work out from there and kick around a “theology of improvisation.” To do that, I’ll need to unpack a little further (especially for those who are not musicians) what the process is…