On Suffering: Can You Drink This Cup?

In my best efforts, when I reflect on the suffering in our world—at large, in our societies at home, among the people closest to me—I struggle with knowing how to play a part in helping make things right. With all of the noise, all of the opinions, how can I tell who is right and who to side with and how to even think clearly and effectively in the wake of chaos and pain?

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How We Grow with God

It’s through time that a relationship grows. And it’s with patience and persistence that intimacy deepens. Our relationships with God are no different. But do we value the means by which it has to happen?

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Am I a Bad Christian?

I have a confession: I don’t feel like I’ve been a good Christian lately. The problem I have with asserting this is, in my best understanding, the Christian story isn’t really about bad people becoming good at all; it is, among other things, about dead people becoming alive. The Gospel of Jesus is about God redeeming and renewing the whole of creation, placing everything and everyone in their rightful place; it’s about God restoring people’s dignity and humanity, making them whole; it’s about eradicating evil from this world and the marriage of heaven and earth that follows.

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Where Do You Remember?

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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