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Can we truly claim the profound dignity of the baptized, of personhood? How do we live into this awesome mystery as the Church, through her liturgy, the Eucharist, prayer, metanoia, tradition, community and mission? What is the kenotic posture, the antinomy we are to embrace if we are to travel where reason and the god made in our own image is finally left behind?

Managers of injustice

The economy of love, God’s economy, is a self-emptying exchange, that gives all of itself that asks nothing in return. An economy that is entirely offering and loving for the sake of the other, for love of the other. Period. Continue reading

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Campfire to… font?

After a few moments of being seduced by a comfy chair and a maybe a beverage, the world around us diminishes, literally. The aperture of the pupil constricts from the bright light, and especially on a cloudy or foggy night, we can see only what is illuminated by the perimeter of the firelight. The world beyond the possibilities: all of creation is in darkness. Continue reading

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Imagine

What kind of society would we be if we all lived on the food of compassion? If, instead of rejoicing at our independence, we lived in pure unashamed dependence on each other. If we stood with our hands out, without demanding, living on the bread of love alone. Continue reading

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Dunk and dash: the scandal of the “drive-by baptism”

I am convinced that the most hurtful act we can do to the Body is to baptize “because the dress fits,” “because the family is in town,” “because we have had all our kids done here,” or need to “get them done.” Continue reading

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I renounce them

If it really is so difficult to personify evil, then why is it so easy to personify good? I mean, if, with a good chuckle, we can point out that demons are just pre-scientific ways of explaining mental illness, addiction etc., should we not just as easily chuckle at ideas of God as a person? Continue reading

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Should ordination be a sacrament?

The particular role of the ordained is imbued with the gifts of the Spirit just as every other particular calling of the baptized is, whether custodian, Sunday school teacher, nurse, chorister, mother, father, paver, social worker, bartender or politician. Why don’t we consecrate them? Continue reading

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l’adonné

Our efforts at being a self-made person are futile, it would seem. Maybe our work is to yield to our givenness, and to become a gift for the other. Continue reading

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We do not presume…

Sometimes, I wonder if those of us glowing in our liberal, progressive, and self-empowered “inclusive” Church, are so afraid to offend, afraid to not be in control, afraid of the word “obedience,” or afraid to surrender our self-directed spiritualism, that we miss the pearl of great price. Can we really presume to come to this thy Table, O merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness? Continue reading

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Being “othered”

Sunday speaks to us of this great mystery the mind can only reach toward. The mystery of personhood, freedom, divine life is relationship. Have you been othered? Continue reading

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SURPRISE!

The Holy Spirit is upon us. Are you ready for a surprise? Continue reading

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