February 19, 2017

Today is the last Sunday in the season of Epiphany before Transfiguration Sunday. And while it's true that God may sometimes work in epiphanies and sudden revealings, mostly God works in parables.  God sows the seed of the gospel story, the greatest parable that is Christ’s life, to work in us over time, to miraculously till the grounds our hearts that we and the world may know true love.

How is it that we can call the story of Christ’s life a parable? What makes a parable? Parables, as Christ tells them, are stories that f...

February 12, 2017

My third year in college, I remember sitting in an alcove in the hallway with some of my other friends, reading a chapter in our Introduction to Theories of Anthropology class. It was toward the end of the semester, and the theme for that week was “Postmodernity.” While I can’t even remember the authors' of that book I read more than a decade ago (I’d have to fish out my old college books buried somewhere in my parents’ basement) I will never forget the first paragraph of that introductory essay. It was the authors’ reflec...

February 5, 2017

Perhaps you have heard this phrase: “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” It is a quote by Frederick Buechner often used to help discern and define vocation. Vocation: more than a job and less than a dream. I remember sitting in the middle of what had turned out to be a pep talk, and thinking, I don’t know what that would be for me. My interpretation of that was, what can I do that will make me happy to get up every day and happy going to sleep every night that...

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