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To Question is To Learn

By: on September 10, 2020

In the opening chapter of Not Knowing: The Art of Turning Uncertainty into Opportunity, D’Souza and Renner reflect on an ancient doctor in training, Vesalius, who thought it odd that contemporary doctors were utilizing archaic knowledge as the ultimate truth. Despite the obvious upgrades in knowledge, Vesalius found it nearly impossible to contradict the authority…

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If it Ain’t Broke Fix it Anyway

By: on September 9, 2020

Some things in life are counterintuitive! Simplify put, leaders often lean on their gut and rely on intuition to get things done. When I was a manager in the natural gas pipeline industry overseeing multimillion-dollar projects I was a decision making gun slinger. Give me 50% of the data needed along with the knowledge of…

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I Don’t Know

By: on September 9, 2020

“Jesus said to them, ‘Watch out that no one deceives you. Many will come in my name, claiming, “I am he,” and he will deceive many. When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come…. No one knows about that…

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Liminality: An Introduction

By: on September 9, 2020

Each fall I seek a word, phrase, or verse to act as a north star of sorts for the coming year. I’ve come to call them “advance words.” Years past have included, “Lift your eyes,” “Back to basics,” and “Be strong and courageous.” This year’s word revealed itself very clearly on an early drive –…

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just let it: what is happening on the inside

By: on September 9, 2020

There is a leaning with leaders toward power; it seems to be something of value to them, something to compete for and acquire. In their book, ‘Not Doing’, D’Souza and Renner encourage a different approach, an opposite approach to what has become the traditional norm with leaders and their inclination toward competition and achievement. With…

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Wonder Amongst Death and Decay

By: on September 8, 2020

In “Land Art,” environmental artist, Andy Goldsworthy, partners with Waldemar Januszczak to listen, observe, and “engage with the context”[1] as they walk along the Scottish borders. Their goal is to bring forth something new from that which already exists.[2]Goldsworthy enters the landscape, reflective and fully present,  he notices a “huge, heavy sense of death and decay”…

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Accumulation

By: on September 7, 2020

The room is large with high vaulted ceilings and windows that stretch to unimaginable heights.  The flames of the torches hanging in their wall sconces bounce off of the walls, casting dancing shadows across the endless shelves of books of and scrolls.  Each section is ordered and labeled properly: Preserved scrolls of the great philosophers,…

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Who has the Conch?

By: on September 7, 2020

    There was a time in my life when all that had to be said to win my support on a controversial subject was, ‘the Bible says it’s true’. Another way to gain my vote would have been to affirm God’s agreement or disagreement with regards to an issue that was up for debate.…

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A Political Imagination to Challenge the Status Quo

By: on September 3, 2020

Our imagination for engagement with the world stems directly and without exception from our cultural framework. Our actions, furthermore, necessarily emerge from how we imagine the world. This imagination is molded and shaped by the stories that captivate our hearts. “Our hearts traffic in stories,” theologian James K. A. Smith teaches (Imagining the Kingdom, 32…

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Horror Vacui

By: on September 3, 2020

“If you have excess order, you still have order, but if you have excess liberty, you have chaos.” Will and Ariel Durant, The Lessons of History In Taking America Back for God; Christian Nationalism in the United States authors Andrew Whitehead and Samuel Perry, with the use of “large scale quantitative data”, unfold the many dynamics…

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Turns Out, G.I. Jesus is a Fraud

By: on September 2, 2020

I grew up in a white, conservative, Christian military town among the cornfields and dairy farms of western Wisconsin. We celebrated our veterans, waved American flags whenever we could, preferred white folk over people of color, were pro-life, and spoke frequently about God’s special blessing on the U.S.A. In 1991, I viewed Operation Desert Storm…

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Taking America Back for God

By: on September 2, 2020

“Americans who most enthusiastically affirm Christian nationalist ideals seem to put political power above religion.”[1] I have noticed over the past several years that the task of preaching in the local church Sunday after Sunday has become more challenging. My seminary professors and ministry mentors all taught me the importance of good exegesis of the…

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On Christian Nationalism, Death, and the Hope of Resurrection

By: on September 1, 2020

Dying is ugly and hard. It requires a distinct letting go of known and comfortable places of life that steady us along the journey and an entering into the mystery of the unknown. Sadly, in America, within our medical, religious, political, and family systems, few are able to release control and allow new life to…

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The Christ-Washing of the American Identity

By: on September 1, 2020

Identity and narrative are two of the most powerful driving forces in our lives. The questions “Who am I?”, “Where have I been?”, “Where am I now?” and “Where am I going?” influence not just the way that we see ourselves, but the way that we see the world. But what happens when our narratives…

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