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Why Pray? A villanelle of sorts

Why Pray?* Someone asked me just the other day—“why pray?” To re-align our own intent or seek to change God’s mind? Our measure here as ever is “what does Jesus say?” I have always reasoned praying as the faithful way … Continue reading

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In the Beginning….the Nicene Creed (really??)

In the beginning God created. In the beginning, a beleaguered band of Israelites were carried off from the land they loved by a tyrant. They gathered by the rivers of Babylon, in the middle of nowhere. They asked themselves hard … Continue reading

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What’s so holy about Holy Week?

What’s so holy about Holy Week? All kinds of things. Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday and ends a week later with the Great Vigil of Easter Saturday night. At least that’s how I’ve always defined Holy Week. Some may … Continue reading

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Seeing and being seen

In the summer of 2003, I was overcome beyond my own understanding with a vision of creating some kind of outreach ministry for sex workers on the streets of Portland. I had just returned from seminary, where during a summer … Continue reading

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How do you get MORE God?

This morning I was re-reading bits of Barbara Brown Taylor‘s An Altar in the World, and came across this: We need the practice of incarnation, by which God saves the lives of those whose intellectual assent has turned as dry … Continue reading

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“God loves you, so stop being a jerk”

I recently had a conversation with someone about the word “wretch,” and how some people are uncomfortable using that word to describe themselves. As in, “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.” Don’t you ever … Continue reading

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