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The Good Shepherd
In the book of John, Jesus has a habit of using very ordinary things to get at some pretty lofty ideas. He healed a blind man with some mud he made from his own spit, he announced the coming of heaven to earth by changing some dirty water into new wine, he ...
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Useless: spirituality at the monastery
During Palm Sunday weekend I went on a retreat with my colleagues from our class on "Practicing the Presence of God" to Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, New York. There, we spent a lot of time in prayer, praying the hours with the monks, and in silence aw...
During Palm Sunday weekend I went on a retreat with my colleagues from our class on "Practicing the Presence of God" to Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, New York. There, we spent a lot of time in prayer, praying the hours w...
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Wholly Othered: A Good Friday Reflection
"...God reveals his strength in the weak, his honor in lowliness, and his splendor in the cross of Christ. His glory is not the splendor of otherworldly superior power but the beauty of love... The glory of the crucified God  leads of necessity to a transfo...
"...God reveals his strength in the weak, his honor in lowliness, and his splendor in the cross of Christ. His glory is not the splendor of otherworldly superior power but the beauty of love... The glory of the crucified God ...
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The Unthinking Atheist
I have great sympathy for my atheist friends. (Indeed my own "theism" is somewhat complicated... as complicated as Christian theism must be by the confession that the human being, Jesus of Nazareth, is revelation of God.) Though it'd be a waste of time to p...
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“The first duty of love is to listen.” -Paul Tillich There's some buzz in youth ministry about "giving voice" to young people, offering space for them to speak up and be a part of the larger church (think "intergenerational" ...
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Imagining The Normative Task of Practical Theology
What is "the normative"? In practical theology, as it is broadly described (especially by Richard Osmer ), there are four tasks which relate to one another in something like a hermeneutical circle. The four tasks can be approached differently at different t...
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Maundy Thursday 2015
[Last night I got to lead a Maundy Thursday service at Hopewell Presbyterian Church. The service was done in five "movements"; composed of lots of scripture, lots of hymns, some prayer, some silence, and two short homilies. Below are the two homilies... the...
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My (short) Review of Theology of Play
[Here's the little review I wrote on Goodreads  for Moltmann's Theology of Play . Sign the petition to get it back in print !]   Theology of Play by Jürgen Moltmann My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is one of Moltmann's greatest works, I believe, and yet it rema...
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The Action of Inactivity: On Spiritual Practice and Divine Action
[Another version of this post was originally published in October, 2014 on The Institute For Youth Ministry blog] Spiritual practices (like prayer, sabbath, silence, and solitude) have fundamental significance for the practice of ministry. But perhaps not i...
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Giving Voice... and Really Listening
“The first duty of love is to listen.” -Paul Tillich There's some buzz in youth ministry about "giving voice" to young people. Offering space for them to speak up and be a part of the larger church (think "intergenerational" and "integration"). But giving v...
“The first duty of love is to listen.” -Paul Tillich There's some buzz in youth ministry about "giving voice" to young people. Offering space for them to speak up and be a part of the larger church (think "intergenerational" ...
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