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Journey of conversion

We are not ready for the power revealed in the partaking of the Sacraments. We’re not awake to the possibility that prayer is so much more than petitioning God in a dance where hopefully, our wishes are granted–that instead, being called into prayer is to be called into a deep and dangerous proposition.

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Prickly dance of reconciliation

The two parties walk around each other with a cautious shyness, each afraid of the other’s prickly barbs, both desiring to be closer, but not knowing how in the world to accomplish it without being stuck themselves.

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A challenge from Paul

(Epistle from the Commemoration of Elizabeth of Hungary)

Now as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in our love for you—so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking.

I do not say this as a command, but I am testing the genuineness of your love against the earnestness of others. For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became […]

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Pointed Connections

I once heard Andrew say that humans are the only animals who will look toward the direction that someone points rather than looking at the finger doing the pointing.

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Koinonia and freedom

What would it mean instead to create serious community, modeled on the egalitarian life within the Godhead? What would it mean, in other words, if we modeled our koinonia on the koinonia that pulses forever among the Three?

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Paying Taxes

The early church walked a fine line between its declaration of challenge to the Roman Empire — the fundamental creed “Jesus is Lord” defies the claim that “Caesar is Lord” — and the church’s wish to avoid active persecution. From Matthew’s perspective, paying the hated tax to the Jupiter temple was not a place to draw a line.

Where is that line?

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Creating sapphires from sewage

… what we learn from our foray into the sewage is we can have a surprising diligence about dealing with other people’s money for our gain, we have an ability to avert our eyes from wrongdoing, and we can keep our mouths shut if we are getting a deal.

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