Tag: Faith

Atonement and Forgiveness: Another Perspective

The Jewish New Year is fast approaching.  In the Jewish calendar, the month before Rosh Hashanah is called Elul.  In Jewish thought and tradition, the month of Elul is considered to be a time when God is “in the field”.  He is to be… Continue Reading “Atonement and Forgiveness: Another Perspective”

Living in Color…Again

I wrote this post six years ago on this very blog.  I woke up this morning and thought that it might be worth re-posting just in case someone needed to read it: It is no secret that the past few weeks have been difficult.… Continue Reading “Living in Color…Again”

What Matzo Can Teach Us

We are in the middle of celebrating Passover.  That means lots of matzo.  If you’ve ever eaten matzo, then you’ll notice that it gets on everything.  I have crumbs everywhere.  It is the perfect food for fairy tales and getting lost in the woods.… Continue Reading “What Matzo Can Teach Us”

Three Days

What’s it like to read the same story over and over again and know the ending? Children seem to love this.  My daughters each had a favorite story that they insisted I read them repeatedly.  Each time I read it they were wide-eyed with… Continue Reading “Three Days”

Origin Stories

I don’t know how many people are familiar with the idea of “generational sin”.  There are many ministries in different streams of the Christian faith today that deal with myriad flavors of this idea.  The foundation of this notion is that we are affected in… Continue Reading “Origin Stories”

Clicker Training and Formula Faith

  What I have wanted to discuss is the idea of feeling abandoned by God.  I have certainly felt this way.  For many people of faith, when something goes wrong in their lives, the first response is, “Why? Why did God let this happen?… Continue Reading “Clicker Training and Formula Faith”

Dealing with Dissociation

  I want to talk for a moment about dissociation.  There will come a moment in almost all our lives when we will check out.  A part of us will go away in order to cope with pain.  The human brain is very complex,… Continue Reading “Dealing with Dissociation”

The Borderline Church

It is not my intent to offend people by writing my observations.  I’m not trying to be provocative.  I am, however, going to point out a dynamic that has been swirling about church culture for as long as I’ve been privy to it.  It’s… Continue Reading “The Borderline Church”

One Question

I spent time with a friend today.  The weather is beautiful here right now.  Autumnal perfection.  It’s easy to sink into contemplation when straddling seasons.  It feels a bit like summer but not quite.  The bright, red Maple leaves announce the coming fall temperatures.… Continue Reading “One Question”

In Memoriam

I just learned tonight that Brennan Manning passed away in April.  Many of you may have no idea who Brennan Manning is.  That’s okay.  He was a speaker, author, and exceptional human being.  He was a Franciscan priest.  In my mind, what defines Brennan… Continue Reading “In Memoriam”