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April 27, 2018

Caring for the stranger

This thing keeps following me around. Everywhere I go, there it is. Every time I look in a mirror I am startled to see it, right there, this stranger looking back at me. This stranger is, of course, my body. I’ve been estranged from my body for most of my life. I didn’t do many […]

April 24, 2018

Every movement we make

I have a small tattoo on the inside of my left wrist. It is a word, inked in white letters written by the hand of a friend, that reads, “worship.” I chose that word because of a poem crafted by a brilliant artist named Anis Mojgani. The line from the poem says, Walk through this […]

April 24, 2018

Did John the Baptist Brush His Teeth?

In this week’s chapter of the Liturgy of the Ordinary, Tish Warren talks about the quotidian tasks that make up our every day.  When we fight back against our daily decline — be it vanity, or health, or just habit much of our daily life is spent just attempting to reverse the entropy of existence.   She […]

April 23, 2018

Body Talk (Sermon Notes)

Body Talk (Sermon Notes)

Many of us have been sold a bad brand of Christianity. It has something faulty at its core and produces something very harmful in the end. The core problem is that your ‘spirit’ is the really important thing. Your mind is the next most important thing. In distant third is your body. At best, it […]

April 22, 2018

A new day

“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” – Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maude Montgomery   In chapter two of Liturgy of the Ordinary, Tish Harrison Warren writes, “The crucible of our formation is the monotony of our daily routines.” In chapter one, she quotes […]

April 20, 2018

Repentance is So Hard!

A couple of weeks ago I misplaced my Fitbit. I was in a bit of a panic — how would I know how many steps I’d taken?  How would I know the quality of my sleep? How would I monitor my heart rate? It took me a couple of days to recall that I’d taken […]

April 20, 2018

I do not make my bed

I do not make my bed. Most mornings I’m out of bed at 5am and getting ready for work. This is a full hour or more before my wife needs to wake for her work. It would make very little sense for me to attempt to make the bed with her still dead asleep in […]

April 18, 2018

IKEA

My bed is a low profile twin from Ikea that I bought when I gladly downsized to make room for my Aunt who was my housemate and companion for the last five years of her life. Every morning when I get out of bed I think about how, after two years, it is high time […]

April 17, 2018

We Are What We Love

This week’s chapter from Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Warren has a title I was excited to write about: “Making the Bed.” Before I read it, I thought I could use this space to talk about how I got a set of new bedding that makes me feel like a grown up, and how […]

April 17, 2018

The Disorientation of a Summer morning

As a child, we didn’t have air conditioning.  In Oregon that elicits a shrug, but in the Midwest, Summer’s were brutal.  My parent’s solution was to move my brother and I into the den where a lone window unit would struggle against the Oklahoma heat.  Waking in Summer for me would be disorienting and disjointed.  […]

April 15, 2018

Power of Practice (Sermon Notes)

Power of Practice (Sermon Notes)

Your body is not just a suitcase that carries your soul around. Your body is not an automated shell that your brain tells what to do like a computer inside a robot. Your body informs your experience and shapes your behavior.  Much of what you think, or even believe, about the world is because of […]

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