At The Altar Of Deconstruction

Yesterday John Pavlovitz published another blog post on the topic of hell. He entitled his latest post, “No Christian, We Don’t Deserve Hell (And We Probably Needn’t Worry About It),” and the feature image appears to be a man walking out of flames that encompass his body. By the time I awoke today, many friends had shared […]

Cheering or Jeering on Palm Sunday

Alright, I know I’m about two weeks early in writing about Palm Sunday. I’m really excited to start edging toward the Passion Narrative, though, and I don’t want to cram all of the amazing stuff that happens in those texts into one short week. So I’m moving forward, and we’re going to dwell in the […]

Angry and Hangry Jesus

“Jesus never really got angry…. Except when he cleansed the temple!” I have heard a version of this sentiment at various stages throughout my life. It’s the idea that Jesus was a super peaceful, loving, calm guy… except that one time when he totally lost it. The issue with painting the temple cleansing instance as the only […]

Futility or Fruitfulness

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” This statement is widely attributed to Albert Einstein. Can’t we all relate to it? That feeling of futility, when you continue to work, and yet the results don’t seem to pay off? In Luke 5 Jesus comes across a group […]

Sacred Interruptions

Do you ever have days that feel constantly interrupted? You woke up with a specific set of tasks to accomplish, yet each time you begin working on one, something else needs your attention. Your neighbor stops by, or your sink stops up, or your car starts making a crazy sound, or you get an urgent email from […]

Celebrating in the Unknown

As a child I loved reading the poems of Shel Silverstein, and I carried that with me into adulthood. One of my favorite of his poems is called “The Whatif’s”– you can read it here. In the poem, some Whatifs crawl into the author’s ear, and begin incessantly asking the question, “Whatif?” “Whatif I flunk […]

Walking on Water

As a child I spent so much of my summertime swimming. There were days when I would arrive for swim practice early in the morning and not leave until late afternoon. I remember having a high-end theological discussion one day with my best friend while we sat on the edge of the pool. She asked […]

Scarcity and Abundance

Scarcity: The experience of not enough. We all encounter it as human beings, and the form it takes impacts us in drastically different ways. For example, the person who is chronically homeless faces scarcity of food, shelter, and safety. Someone with cancer feels the scarcity of health, strength, and autonomy. The person whose marriage is dissolving feels […]

Building a Fence

Have you ever given something up for Lent? My husband and I decided to this year, and we have also added a few healthy practices into our daily routines, in an effort to set these 40 days apart as especially sacred and worshipful. As a child I gave up chocolate for Lent one year. I […]