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The responsibility of words; the challenge of silence.

Do you see people who are quick to speak? There is more hope for fools than for them. -Psalm 29:20 Words are binding. They create promises, expectations, relationships, and reality. They carry the potential to hurt or heal. To delight or disappoint. To shock and surprise. This is true in all facets of life – … Continue reading

…mean what they say.

This quarter I am taking a directed study Seminary course on the art of reading the Bible. What I’ve come to see is that this practice also encompasses the art of being alive, of being human, and of living in relationship with others and the Other. In its simplest form I’m learning that an artful … Continue reading

Making Up Words

If I had to describe the story we are living (on cosmic, personal, and community scales) it would be this: OTHER–NESS becomes US–NESS so we can live a new and radical kind of ONE–ANOTHER–NESS. When words fail to capture the mystery of reality, I think it’s sometimes necessary to make up new ones; to create words … Continue reading

Making reality disappear.

I heard this quote on NPR the other day (I think in an All Things Considered interview with some musician): “To make something real you have to make reality disappear.” Maybe it’s a spontaneous dance party or taking the long way home from work with the windows down and the music blaring. Maybe it’s a long walk or … Continue reading

Tarried or Stuck.

Some synonyms: Tarry (v.) // linger, stay, remain, pause, (a)bide, wait, dawdle. Stuck (v.) // remain, stay, linger, dwell, persist, continue, last, endure, burn. Are these two words different? I feel an intrinsic draw to the idea of tarryness. It feels holy, intentional, strong. Yet stuckness exposes my fear of being trapped, claustrophobic, static, boring, afraid. How do two words that are … Continue reading

Because It Doesn’t

If you’re looking for life to make sense, stop. Because it doesn’t, it won’t, and I don’t think it’s supposed to. Rather than figuring it out, I think we’re meant to spend our time and energy and relationships enjoying (or celebrating or mourning or healing from) whatever is. There’s an intense, heart wrenching scene in … Continue reading

The Joy of Books.

Reasons I love this video: It’s beautiful, full of joy, and just plain fun to watch! I appreciate patience and attention to detail in an entirely deeper way. The “critically acclaimed” Whoopie Pie Cookbook is prominently featured.  (And I do love the whoopie pie!) It gives image, movement, and story to the tangible book in and … Continue reading

Reality is in the Particular

Where do you discover what’s real? Is it in general principles, general abstractions, general experience?  Is reality found in the universal?  OR, do you discover reality in particular natures, particular stories, particular characters?  Is reality found in the here and now? Our philosophies teach us to be generalists.  We assume that reality, by nature, must … Continue reading

A Reality Check

What reality are you choosing to live in?  How is that choice moving or changing or impacting the people around you? The little girl at the end reminds me of the “just keep swimming” scene from Finding Nemo…

This is hard to grasp.

In about 125 words, the story of Achan (from the book of Joshua, chapter 7) goes something like this: After 40 years in the desert, God’s people finally enter the promised land.  Joshua, their leader, is the man.  The bible says that God “is with him,” and so the Israelites conquer Jericho and are feeling … Continue reading

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