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A Deeper Sense of “Faith”

Increasingly, I am convinced the opposite of “faith” is not “doubt,” but “fear.” This is because the deepest level of “faith” is not “belief,” but “trust;” and the opposite of “trust/faith” is “fear/anxiety.”

Instead of faith’s opposite, doubt is a…

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Constantine’s Greatest Trick

The greatest trick Constantine ever played on our world was to convince us that the Empire that killed Jesus should actually embrace the religion that bears his name.

Why this isn’t self-obviously shocking to us today is a symptom of…

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Joy at the Joy of Tracy Chapman

I want to circle back to a theme that clearly resonated with people in my post on Taylor Swift/Travis Kelce last week. It’s a concept I’ve come to now understand has a name: “Freudenfreude.”

Loosely defined as:
“Taking joy/pleasure in

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Wowza

I’ve been writing longform over on Facebook for more than a decade now, but never had anything approaching the reaction to this week’s post on Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce.

10,000 shares?
Are you kidding me?

Wowza.
So…

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The UMC *and* USA are “Center-Left”

The United Methodist Church is now a Center-Left denomination.
America is a Center-Left Nation.

These are the twin theses I want to put before you today.

After the past several years of bitter and partisan theological infighting, our separation into…

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“Give the People What They Want”

We saw the “Tina Turner Musical” this week, and a brief moment of the narrative has stayed with me, touched me deeply, and seems to speak deep truth about our need to be entertained, and perhaps even our continued fascination…

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Our Baptismal Call with Houseless Neighbors

Dallas awakes to snow and ice, and flurries continuing to fall as I write, and I’m here to update you again about our ministry helpful our houseless neighbors.

Yesterday, it seems to me, was one of those both beautiful and…

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Unpacking WH Auden’s “For the Time Being”

During this Christmas season, I’ve written meditations on one of my favorite literary works of all time:
WH Auden’s “For The Time Being.” (FTTB)

Here are links to each section.
Feel free to keep this page handy, for easy future…

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