Lord’s Prayer Remixed

Human worlds are built with signs, verbal and nonverbal. As one's world expands, so must one's signage (and as one's signage expands, so will one's world). For most of my life I had used biblical language to think and talk about spiritual realities. But once I had peered past strictly biblical horizons, I began to …

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Catholic

A worldview is, well, a world. In it, some things are clearly seen, like the land, bodies of water, trees, animals, and so forth. It has horizons, beyond which we cannot see but can only imagine. It has a clearly seen but mysterious firmament, a blue sky that is above us at all times but …

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What ‘God’ is ‘teaching’ me?

In-groups tend to develop their own language. American Evangelicalism certainly has its share of insider lingo. The organization we worked for, Wycliffe Bible Translators, was non-denominational (not based in any particular branch of Protestantism), but because it was founded by Americans and because the majority of its members are American, American Christian culture is often …

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What I believe(d)

A journal entry from July 5, 2008: I believe in something many people call 'God'. Some kind of force, energy, and presence pervading the universe. I believe this thing we call God sustains life and order in the universe and by our definition of 'good' must be good for doing that. I believe that insofar …

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Trauma

The first time we went to Karamoja (northeast Uganda), it was like driving onto another planet. That's just how foreign it felt at the time. Luckily we were traveling with another missionary who had lived there for three years already. He introduced us to the strange new environment about as gently as one could. He …

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Life

A meditation from June 11, 2008: Life-Giver, give life to the failing, to the ailing Life-Maker, make life for those yet unmade in your mind Life-Springer, spring life from those seeds sown in your soil Life-Lifter, lift life for the drooping leaf, for the dreary soul Life-Bringer, bring life to the fathomless depths of the …

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Eternal life

A journal entry from May 1, 2008: Why would people need to believe Jesus was the Son of God in order to gain Life? What is the phenomenological link between Jesus being God-in-the-flesh and our becoming gods-in-the-flesh as a result of our belief? I've heard the theological answers, of course, but they obscure as much …

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God’s Word

A journal entry from April 11, 2008: Why the bitter and stubborn conflict between science and Christianity? I'm in the company of a great many Christians who believe the two should be complementary, not conflictual. Science, philosophy, religion, history, and experience are all 'books' to be read to discover the true nature of reality. They …

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Questions

As the rivers of life, knowledge, and love flow ceaselessly forward, they are channeled in two ways. Answers to the problems of living, knowing, and loving act as banks to the river for a stretch of space-time. They carve out and hold a way of living, knowing, and loving. As far as that goes, it …

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