Capital “T” Truth

Banting and Best with the first dog ever treated with insulin In 1922, at the University of Toronto, scientists went to a hospital ward with children who were comatose and dying from diabetic keto-acidosis. Imagine a room full of parents sitting at the bedside waiting for the inevitable death of their child. On that day... Continue Reading →

The Writing Life

I've been reading The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron. It's a handbook that seems, most obviously about developing a life of artistry, but hiding within its lines are secrets about life in general. The book has prompted me to think more seriously about my own life and what I want to accomplish in the future.... Continue Reading →

Boredom, Part 2

In 1947, the year I was born, television had been invented and was being used in some U.S. households that could be measured in the thousands. However, by the late 90's, 98% of U.S. homes had at least one television that was one for more than 7 hours per day. Early television was primitive compared... Continue Reading →

Boredom, part 1

At 2801 S. Taylor Street in Little Rock I had a world of wonder at my doorstep, and I don't remember ever telling my mother that I was bored. A huge white boulder in our back yard was a horse or a jeep. A short flight of stairs led up to the attic of our... Continue Reading →

Sheilaism

Robert Bellah, with a group of coworkers, wrote a 1985 blockbuster book called Habits of the Heart. This great book is arguably one of the best critiques of modern American society - a quest for a democratic community. William Placher wrote in Narratives of a Vulnerable God, "The interviews that Robert Bellah and his coworkers... Continue Reading →

The Marginalized

William C. Placher wrote this in Narratives of a Vulnerable God, page 128. "...we do not live in a society eager to attend to the voices of the oppressed and the marginalized. If we have let the values and assumptions of our society guide us, even in matters of faith, then where will we stand... Continue Reading →

Eucharist

"Alan Street in his book Subversive Meals has shown how the Eucharist is a table that deliberately subverts the exclusionary table of the empire. " From Gift and Task by Walter Brueggemann, page 373. According to Brueggemann, the greedy leaders of the empire don't look out for their "flock" but only for their own interest.... Continue Reading →

We have the Temple of the Lord!

Ancient Israel was politically and religiously pragmatic.  The earliest description of this can be seen in the nation’s clamor for a Golden Calf to quell their fears at Mount Sinai. Fearing that God had abandoned them, they called for Aaron to cast an idol they could see and worship. They did this In spite of... Continue Reading →

Living with the Lord’s Prayer

I grew up being taught that the Lord's Prayer was irrelevant to the lives of contemporary Christians because the Kingdom, for which Jesus prays, was now present in the church.  Why pray for something that already exists?  Right? So much of my life I missed out on the benefits of living inside the world of... Continue Reading →

Kingdom of God

I didn't grow up inside a culture of respect for the earth.  "Earth" as a totality - flora and fauna, beauty, wildness, and wonder. In my childhood we used disposable products with abandon; old car oil was often poured out on the ground, and we never considered the impact that disposed plastics would have on our... Continue Reading →

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