Jihad of Jesus book review

  Dave Andrews’ The Jihad of Jesus hooks the reader with a seeming paradox, as he suggests you cannot have neither Jesus without jihad, or jihad without Jesus. If you are open enough to not write him off immediately, you can quickly discover that after Andrews finishes walking us through a very sobering journey of … Continue reading Jihad of Jesus book review

12-25-15, Gethsemani

There are no words... I just turned around, and there it was. Hullo, moon.  ***** Now for the things that strain towards words... 12-25-15 ~ Merry Christmas Today is a good day for hiking. But a year and half ago I hiked this same trail and fled down this hill in tears and terror when the … Continue reading 12-25-15, Gethsemani

Curious about Dietrich Bonhoeffer? Me too.

What follows is a blog post / book review I've written for Speakeasy, a cool book review group that I recently joined. I've been curious about Dietrich Bonhoeffer for a long time so I jumped at the chance to review a biography about him, called Strange Glory, by Charles Marsh. It was a great read! If … Continue reading Curious about Dietrich Bonhoeffer? Me too.

Enneagram Type 1 and Atonement Theory

Welcome back to my stalled series on the Enneagram and religious denominations! I wrote a post some 10 months ago about Type 9 and Quakers, which you can take a look at here. That link also offers a "crash course" on all the Enneagram types, if you are not familiar with them. Today, however, we're … Continue reading Enneagram Type 1 and Atonement Theory

homelessness, political action, and prayer

This morning, I just wrote emails to about 25 council members on Indy's city council to ask them to support Prop 291 and 41. The proposals are intended to help protect the rights of homeless individuals. You might think of it as a parallel to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 -- even if they … Continue reading homelessness, political action, and prayer

more than just a sack lunch

With an almost wholly free day ahead of us to spend in Boulder, Colorado, my partner and I decided to try and make it something of a holy day, as well. The ground was covered in snow and the temperature was hovering around zero degrees, so worshiping in the great outdoors was not a very … Continue reading more than just a sack lunch

a whole different world: stereotypes and not judging

I've recently had the opportunity to facilitate small groups at a local college and meet some people I probably wouldn't have ever met otherwise. Because I am working on my degree in counseling, I have been vested with the authority of "counselor" there and, even for just 20 minutes, I am entrusted with people's lives and … Continue reading a whole different world: stereotypes and not judging

Mosquitoes, monks, mysteries, and the Milky Way: Are you there, God? Part 2

I have been pondering lately about God, or the idea / being / [what word is even adequate to describe that which?] we call God. One of the questions I went into my retreat with was about conceptualizing "God out there versus God in here, in me." Maybe you know what I mean ... or … Continue reading Mosquitoes, monks, mysteries, and the Milky Way: Are you there, God? Part 2