Ice Cream, War Movies, Monochromatism, and Reclaiming My Identity
This year I want to make a bold statement with what I do and how I live—only this time not as a desperate attempt to appease a deity, but as a way of expressing the core values that make me Me.
Published on January 11, 2022 @ 9am
Emerging from The Slump
My writing habit really got derailed this year—especially as the coronavirus sent the world into a tailspin. Here's what I've learned during my time off.
Published on April 29, 2020 @ 7am
13 Ways To Avoid Being An Asshole Online (according to the Apostle Paul)
If the Apostle Paul were here today, he might have a few thoughts about how to be a better netizen. And, of course, he would utilize the very latest in modern communication styles, which probably means he would grab a tablet (iPad, of course) and post…a listicle.
I haven’t blogged over at Simple Praxis in quite a while, so what better way to kick off my latest stint there than to draft a humorous take on what is quite honestly one of my favorite passages of Scripture.
Published on May 15, 2019 @ 9am
“No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God.” –Paul
#quote #portland #spirituality
Published on November 18, 2018 @ 1pm
The Soul’s Objective Union with God
Grace can only be trusted by an equally graceful human nature. Our work is merely to till the fertile soil, knowing that the Indwelling Spirit has already been planted within, and She is the One who “teaches you all things and reminds you of all things” (John 14:26). Many Christians have tried to pile a positive theology of salvation on top of a very negative anthropology of the human person, and it just does not work. The human self-image is too damaged and distorted within such a framework.
In my personal experiences of dealing with mental health issues and stuggling with shame and self-worth, I’ve come to the conclusion that the doctrine of “original sin” is dangerous, deeply problematic from a “Jesus’ ministry”-centric viewpoint, and at the end of the day
not even necessary for an incredibly rich and vibrant Christian faith.
For more observations on this topic, I’ll point you to my
interview with Danielle Shroyer, author of . Original Blessing
Published on October 1, 2018 @ 7am
There’s a lot of really bad religion out there. Social media makes this seem even more outrageous. Here are a couple of clues to help sort things out:
Does your faith compel you to become more compassionate towards others, or more embittered?
Do you regularly shake your head as you worry about those (X) people groups doing (Y), or do you see each person as a unique individual human worthy of respect?
Published on September 27, 2018 @ 2pm
A Man Walks Into an Evangelical Apologetics Conference
It was my idea to attend. Nobody forced me. Why then did I feel like such a spy?
Published on September 5, 2018 @ 8am
How to Get Your Life Out of a Crisis Narrative
Living daily as if everything around you is representative of constant warfare is a recipe for emotional and mental disaster. Trust me, I've been there.
Published on April 17, 2018 @ 10am
From Charismatic Soaking to Centering Prayer: A Contemplative Journey
This is my story of discovering the joys of Christian mindfulness meditation, and a comparison between two comparable but ultimately very different spiritual practices.
Published on August 9, 2016 @ 12am
Ten Tips of Refreshment and Renewal for the Contemplative Christian
Feeling like you've fallen behind on your meditation habit? Overloaded schedule got you feeling anything but mindful? These helpful suggestions will get you revitalized and back on track.
Published on August 1, 2016 @ 12am
Jesus and Engaged Buddhism
Scholars have long taken notice of the many similarities between Christian moral teachings and Buddhist traditions. Here is a piquant example.
Published on June 20, 2016 @ 12am
5 Things Everyone Forgets About Doing Church According to the Apostle Paul
Given how many books, sermons, podcasts, and blog posts have been written about how to "do" church, it's curious how easily we forget some pretty basic stuff smack dab in the heart of Paul's epistles.
Published on May 23, 2016 @ 12am
Inside Out: an Invitation to Christian Mindfulness
A Guest Post by Dr. Amy Oden, Professor of Early Church History at St. Paul School of Theology
Published on April 24, 2016 @ 12am
Wisdom from Above is Desperately Needed Today
So much of what is going wrong, or right, in the world today comes down to the sum total of wise actions by leaders and their most ardent followers. We could stand to learn a thing or two from Solomon.
Published on March 21, 2016 @ 12am
Your Top Christian Mindfulness Questions, Vol. 1
Readers frequently ask me questions about mindfulness, meditation, and the relationship between contemplative spiritual practices and Christianity. Here are a few answers.
Published on February 27, 2016 @ 12am
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