Of Resurrection and Reality

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Resurrection is quintessential mythology. Yes, mythology. For some unfathomable reason in our culture we have lost the true meaning of “myth.” In our culture we think the word myth means a false story, but such a definition couldn’t be further from the truth. Myths are stories wrought in the collective human imagination that teach us [...] Read more »

Of Liturgical Yin and Yang

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        The Triduum Sacrum or the “Sacred Three Days” are composed of the last three days of Holy Week: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. The Triduum Sacrum and Easter are the yin and yang of our faith; the dark and the light. There is no Easter without first the arrest, crucifixion and [...] Read more »

Of Process and Hope

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There are so many words ubiquitous in the church that have fallen flat from overuse; words like sin, redemption, atonement, perfection, faith, righteousness… just to name a few. It is a long list, and through their overuse these words sadly have lost their meaning, their resonance, most particularly the meaning intended by the authors, who [...] Read more »

Of Reading and Revelation

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I have just finished reading a five-page handwritten letter from a person in Huntsville, Alabama who read my essay on AL.COM. He started his letter by saying he disagreed with me, and then proceeded into a litany of quoting verse after verse of scripture. He never really said anything about what he disagreed with, but [...] Read more »

Of an Unlikely Journey

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God does not have a plan. I have always bristled at the phrase, “God has a plan.” It is often said with all good intentions to calm one’s fears, but for me it has always been unnerving, an insidious, false sense of security.   The thought of God as a dogmatic cosmic puppeteer, a God [...] Read more »