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Willing Humiliation

It has to be some kind of Lenten scam: when I sense myself finally submitting to a divine urging to lay down a treasured belief, I suddenly feel righteously proud about myself. I am present in the moment with God, I understand the need to relinquish control over that thing in the corner that has…

“Do You Want to be Healed?

The Healing at Bethesda (John 5:1-9) 5 After these things there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the sheep gate a pool, which is called in[a]Hebrew [b]Bethesda, having five porticoes. 3 In these lay a multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame, and withered,…

Trust Thyself

As some of you may know, I’ve been participating in a photography project called “What Does Mental Illness Look Like to You?” For people struggling with acute or chronic mental illness, it can be a supremely difficult task to describe the experience or somehow convey the many shades and nuances to others. Even to other…

Hold Up: It’s Not Easter

Christians are an Easter people. We’re about resurrection, new life and an awakened relationship with God through Jesus. But like skipping Advent before Christmas, we have a bad habit of jumping all the way to Easter with giving a teeny nod to Holy Week. For evangelicals, this can be especially telling. We often forget that…

Stop. Put the Bible Down. It’s OK.

  Some of you have noticed that I don’t used a whole lot of Scripture on this blog. At least not for now. I didn’t choose the moniker of “reluctant mystic” for no reason after all. A major reluctance is… the Bible. While I read many blog posts of folks diving into various books of…