God, we’re told…is willing to brutally avenge the Divine Name for our having dragged it through the mud with our naughty deeds. You and I only get that God is Love stuff after God has attended to his wrath. That is, God wants to be Love, but first God must be Even. To stay with this faith for a lifetime is to learn to live with anxiety and call it peace, or to stop thinking about it entirely so you don’t go mad.
The story of the primordial humans in the Garden isn’t just about doing that which was forbidden. It’s about all of us, from the beginning, sewing together our own Hell, our own system of hiding and suppressing and pretending, to see if we can pass as lovable since we’re sure we’re not…Once it gets in your head that you may not be lovable, your entire internal budget is spent on compensating for that. And there’s not much left over for loving others when you decide your own value is a variable.
Rebecca sat down in my office and began complaining about her husband. Then her mother. Then her kids. A coworker. It seemed everyone, in concentric circles, was a jerk, a moron, or in the very least not all Rebecca required them to be…
I came around a corner and was confronted with a long hill that gave no indication of ever leveling off. A sort of despair set in, as I assumed by the incline that I'd see snow up there, perhaps a sherpa, or the ionosphere…
Instead of straining to stay unspotted from this
world, why not say I do to flesh and blood, and
commit yourself to a people and a place, and vow to
love and be loved in return?
Steve's Daugherty and Claybrook wax philosophical about Satan, Love and some electoral subtext.
Steve, Stephen and Brandon chat with Science Mike from the Liturgists and Ask Science Mike.
In honor of World Mental Health Day, Steve and Stephen chat about the expectation in faith culture to (pretend) to be what were not for Jesus. It's only a little emo here and there.
Steves and Dr. Brandon talk about the Prophet Muhammad, the Quran, and other things you probably won't hear from the cable news grind.
Mother Teresa, miracles, the supernatural, the regular natural, Buddha, Paul Rudd and more!
Stephen and Steve discuss a tradition of forging new worlds and how some pastors, like all of us, appear to inadvertently bow to babylonian gods.
reminder, we're all journalists.
The mascot for the Nashville Airport should be an exhausted looking 25 year old with a guitar backpack.