One of the core biblical traditions is to look at life through the lens of remembrance. Henri Nouwen refers to this as the “living reminder.” It’s the habit of a person or people to recount God’s goodness and the ways in which he’s been faithful to those who love him. While the stories we tell to remember certainly are important, so are the spaces in which we tell them or go alone to be reminded.

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If you’ve ever been hurt by the church I’d like to say I’m sorry. I’m not apologizing, though, on behalf of whomever or whatever hurt you or disappointed you or made you angry. That’s a burden the guilty party has to carry. What I mean is I’m sorry that was your experience.

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“Stop reading the Bible,” she said to me. These were the words of a professor of mine during college. I was, during the time, attending a small Christian college in the Midwest, so naturally my first thought was, is she allowed to say that?

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I’ve previously written to you about longing—the longing for home and for a lover. The sting of longing bathes my everyday wonder and curiosity. It sends me on a search. What does any of this mean, if it means anything at all? While I’ve given my best attempt to answer that question it’s important now, I think, to explain why I believe it matters.

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