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The Wickedest Man in the World

If you scream at somebody often enough in the name of religion, they just might decide it sounds better to be whatever it is you've been calling them than whatever it is you call yourself.


Crying with Permission

I remember that even the all-powerful Christ was moved to tears by loss. I remember these tears, and I weep. Jesus knew we'd need permission to cry sometimes.


Song and Celebration

The deeper realities of life often escape common prose. Poetry is the attempt to express that which is not easily expressible. Poetry speaks the things that defy being spoken.


Robin Hood

Serving people who can't reciprocate your benevolence is a good thing. Learning not to feel slightly defrauded that they don't is better.


New Selves Don't Whitewash History

We need to wonder what the old U.S. self has to say to the new U.S. self, and what it might finally look like to "put off" the old self.


Relax, It's Saturday

Would it be the worst thing in the world to curl up in a blanket with a bowl of cereal and watch cartoons? This is the Lord's day. Enjoy it.


Knowledge and Wisdom

Our compulsion to consume news risks filling us with an anxiety and outrage that can enervate our ability to act. It lures us into a kind of idolatry—thinking that it all depends on us.


Not Just For Funerals

God fills our cups, not just until there is enough, but until they overflow with so much goodness that we can't help but share it.


Guilty

It occurs to me that my guilt reflects vanity and weak faith. Taking responsibility for one's actions is good; nagging guilt, however, is evidence of self-absorption, turning away from God. 


Holy Spirit Super Power

You have the very best superpower of all: the Holy Spirit. The power of grace. The power to dream. The power to choose solidarity over privilege, and understanding over judgment.