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The church and the world have a murky relationship. Historically we’ve tended to either embrace worldly power to try and create Christian empires or withdraw entirely writing off the world as a doomed and broken place. That said there have been lots of individuals and communities who’ve walked a line somewhere in between. This blog is for people looking for that challenging middle way between embracing worldly power and forsaking the world God loved into being.

The battle

No act of policy or government action can overcome a people who act with compassion in all things. And no act of policy or government action will be a victory if compassion is the cost. Continue reading

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Abundant life

Regardless of how we might choose to ignore it, or put it off, or live, all of us are going to die. Continue reading

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Stand

Citizens of Heaven stand, first, in God’s Country. We stand in a place where love is the law, and where compassion is the exercise of that law. We stand in a place where justice and mercy are never contradictory, and where glory and humility are mirrored in each other. Continue reading

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A parable

The handful of Sunday regulars has decided that this little church’s time has passed. The decision is made and the paperwork is done. The bishop came out this morning and led a service of deconsecration. Everyone there said it was a beautiful service. It really was too. It was a holy goodbye. Continue reading

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Cake

As long as we believe that everyone can be rich, and that everyone has the same opportunity. there won’t be an angry mob gathering at the gates of the palace. As long as we believe that false myth though, there will also never be economic justice. Continue reading

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Plant a Tree

The conviction that progress will continue and that things can only get better makes planting trees easier. It’s easier to work on building the right kind of world when it seems like all our efforts will yield a harvest sevenfold or tenfold. But what happens to our desire to plant trees when the bad guy wins? Or when death wipes out the gains of a lifetime? What happens to us when we see that progress may in fact be reversed? That all we’ve built may be lost? Continue reading

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The alarm clock

Somehow, the connection between comfort and safety that our brains draw doesn’t change even when the discomfort is good for us. We still associate the discomfort with risk or danger even when it might be necessary. Continue reading

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Love and sacrifice

Christ’s love was made known by freely giving his life away in teaching, healing, serving, and death: all without obligation or encumbrance. Acknowledging that means that freely striving to make the right sacrifices is part of my calling, and communicates love in a way that very little else does. Continue reading

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You and me

It is an interesting and useful question to ask what part of who we are is nature and what part is nurture… But maybe the more important question for our daily movement through God’s world is what part of ourselves is only possible because of the person in front of us, at this very moment? Continue reading

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Bear ye one another’s burdens

With a physical thing bearing another’s burden actually alleviates it. Taking that extra grocery bag means that the burden is literally and immediately lighter. The burdens of the heart aren’t so simple. Continue reading

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