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Practicing Freedom

“In our own contemporary context of the rat race of anxiety, the celebration of Sabbath is an act of both resistance and alternative.  It is resistance because it is a visible insistence that our lives are not defined by production and consumption of commodity goods.”  Walter...

Hospitality as Resis...

   “Although we often think of hospitality as a tame and pleasant practice, Christian hospitality has always had a subversive counter-cultural dimension. “Hospitality is resistance.” Hospitality that welcomes ‘the least’ and recognizes their equal value can be an act of resistance...

Insights From Kathy ...

I am a secret admirer of Kathy Escobar.  Well, it is not really a secret.  In 2011, I wrote three posts expressing my love of her book Down We Go.  (See original posts  here , here and here) In less than a month, I will be Dallas presenting at the Sentralized Conference.  As I...

Reclaiming a Gift Ec...

As I stood in the basement of All Souls Presbyterian church, I was overwhelmed by the generosity that was being poured out all around me.  The church had graciously donated this space to our ministry. As she scraped off the old paint and applied the new, my friend Angela was dreaming of how...

Speaking Your Truth

“Inner work is as real as outer work and involves skills one can develop, skills like journaling, reflective reading, spiritual friendship, meditation and prayer. If people skimp on their inner work, their outer work will suffer as well.”  Parker J. Palmer I started journaling more than...

Angie’s Story: The ...

“Who you are, what you think and how you act are all radically shaped by how you discern your past. And in large part, you become the story you tell. The only way you can come to know your story well is in community with others. Most people don’t know how to read their life in a way that...

Celebrating the Innk...

We all know the great commandment has two important mandates – love God and love neighbor. When Jesus was asked, “Who is my neighbor?” He responds with the parable of The Good Samaritan. 30 Jesus replied to the question saying, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell...

A Plea to My Fellow ...

Recently, when I was out on my morning run, I saw something that gave me joy.  Two men were riding down Brookland Park Blvd on a bicycle built for two.  While that was unique, the more interesting part was that one of the men was an older black man and one of them an older white man.  It...

You Are Not The Answ...

“We must be present to our situation, listening for what the Spirit is calling us toward.”  Excerpt from The New Parish   When I was in seminary my professor of Spirituality, Dr. Stephen Brachlow, had us read Margaret Guenther’s book “Holy Listening” and then weekly put it into...

A Search for the Bel...

In the final weeks of September, I will be a part of four state/national conferences and speaking at three of them.  At the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship conference, I will be speaking to leaders who are largely from more traditional churches and who identify closely with the Baptist...