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Stirred, not shaken–of course!

What needs stirring up in our faith communities? What ingredient are we as brothers and sisters in Christ? How do we plan to take our turn at the handle of the spoon?

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Do not be like a horse or a mule, without understanding,

whose temper must be curbed with bit and bridle, else it will not stay near you. Psalm 32

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Putting our houses in order can never be an angst-free or despair-free proposition–nor will their rebuilding be perfect–but we can learn to appreciate the special clarity darkness provides as a backdrop for seeing even the tiniest glimmer of light.

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A Key for Whatever is Locked Away

“O great, holy God, I pray to You: Open my own interiority to me so that I properly know what I am. Unlock that within me which was locked shut in Adam. Let me see and discover in my interiority of mind the beautiful morning-star in the holy Name JESUS, which offers itself out of grace to us poor men, and dwells in us and wishes to work powerfully in us.”

Jacob Boehme, The Way to Christ […]

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Fringes and Phylacteries

Oh, I don’t think it’s terrible to be praised for something I’ve done or feel pride in it, so long as that pride doesn’t become an addiction, something I absolutely have to have. I also have to be careful not to make being humble a form of arrogance as well.

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Happy legends are comfortable. They make us feel better. We don’t have to move much outside ourselves to exist within them.

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… the more I continue to study the more I realize Clement of Alexandria is one of my spiritual ancestors, one of those who gave me the ability and the courage to set aside the certainties I’d had in my former church beliefs and embrace new possibilities, including the idea that the entire world will be redeemed,…

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How many times have we been stuck in situations where we have a name for what is going on, or we know what our feelings are about it, but everyone else tells us otherwise, or chooses to assign feelings to us, or project their own stuff on us?

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A strange beginning to Advent

Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, ‘Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?’ But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, […]

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Hollywood and mission in the first week of Advent

It is an interesting thought to ponder –that while this nation was wracked in increasing political gridlock and friction and the threat to the Union regarding the boundaries of States’ rights and equality-liberty-and-justice for all, Williams chose to look beyond the horizons of his nativity and set his sight on Asia.

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