Philosophizing Category

Having Power…is a Good Thing


In his book, In the Name of Jesus, Henri Nouwen applies the three temptations of Jesus to challenges in pastoral leadership. In Matthew chapter 4, following his baptism, Jesus fasts 40 days in the desert and then is tested by the devil. He’s told to turn stones to bread, to throw himself off the temple, and to fall down […]

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An Exercise in Not Giving a ****


There are many lessons that may be gleaned from the Disney canon. One may even suggest that there’s little need to look any further. This notion was confirmed yesterday in my theology class when we watched Elsa’s iconic “Let it Go” scene from Disney’s 2013 instant classic, Frozen. It was in this context that professor Doug Shirley […]

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The Spice of Life


Fear. Life is nothing without it. The anxiety. The drama. The perspiration. These bring meaning to existence. Nothing else. There’s no success without risk. No joy without pain. No light without shadow. Fear. Stepping over the threshold. Out of the known. Into the unknown. Out of your own head. Into another’s shoes you go. With […]

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Thank God for TV


It’s true, the lessons we learn from TV are seemingly endless. How else would I know how to dress myself or how other families operate in their households? I don’t have the resources (time, financial, or energy-wise) to go to New York for a consultation with Stacy and Clinton every time I put on clothes. […]

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Designer Original.


Originally posted on Reconciling Ministries Network Blog on Monday, August 5, 2013. “You know, what? I love you.” Only the Reverend Allen Belton seems to be able to get away with saying this upon meeting someone for the first time. Coming from any of the rest of us, it’s just weird and unconventional. And yet, […]

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Biblical Truth and Real Life


Originally posted on Reconciling Ministries Network blog on February 4, 2013. For most of my life, I have taken scripture for granted. Not only the pages and words themselves, but the cultural implications embodied in the reading and understanding of it. It’s obvious that Jesus and his group of misfit sidekicks live in a very […]

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Anxious Anticipation


Here’s a post I wrote for my church as part of their daily Advent reflections. Enjoy! Last night I sat around a wooden stool with three other women from Union as we read scripture and poetry and lit candles in memory of women of faith–our predecessors and our contemporaries–who have suffered from violence. As we […]

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Storytelling


The other night I had a great chat with Liz Purdy about stories. Specifically, having lived in a place that is not your own, and sharing the story of that place once you’ve left. There’s only so much witness you can give to a time and a place when you’re not present there. I’ve been […]

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When Social Functions and Popular Neighborhood Hangouts Fail


My recent foray into the world of online dating was both brief and excellent. It all started back in September, when, in an attempt to make my life more interesting and, as my friend Mike put it, “find a nice guy and have a life experience,” I created a profile on okcupid.com. There are essentially three […]

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