Fearfully & wonderfully made

"Bodies are fearfully and wonderfully made." - paraphrase of the Hebrew shepherd-king, David A body is made up of smaller bodies, which are in turn made up of smaller bodies, which are in turn made up of even smaller bodies, and so on down the line.... A body is part of a larger body, which …

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We the Disembodied

The general secular consensus is that the animal species Homo sapiens sapiens emerged in Africa and spent tens of thousands of years living a hunter-gatherer lifestyle. As far as we currently know, before roughly 12,000 years ago, humans did not have writing, arithmetic, agriculture, domestic animals, and organized collectives larger than the tribe. Then, in …

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This is my body

Jesus is recorded as saying the following to his disciples as he held up a piece of bread: "This is my body, broken for you. Take, and eat...." Growing up in church, I often wondered how bread could be identified with someone's body. We were taught that it was symbolic but also mystical. The mysticism …

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The seed itself

August 20, 2016 (Kampala): I just finished reading Out of the Silent Planet, the first in C.S. Lewis's space trilogy. I think the main point he's driving at in the book is that the spirit world is real and alive, in some ways more real than the material world. With its vivid sensory description of …

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Cosmic sexuality

Today one of my sisters-in-law is expected to give birth to her first child. I'll write this post in honor of that momentous event. Yesterday I watched videos by Teal Swan on the psychological split within women and men. Her words seeded my mind, and this post is a birth of verbal expression. Sexuality isn't …

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Body of God

July 19, 2016 (Kampala): I've started reading Sallie McFague's book The Body of God: An Ecological Theology...It's an amazing book; I keep asking myself why I waited so long to read it! She is presenting an 'organic' model of God-in-the-World, a theological cosmology that centers on bodies and embodiment. She's preaching to the choir as …

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Perspicacity in pain

The following journal entry from Uganda on June 26, 2016, recounts an episode I had of severe gut pain. In retrospect, the experience makes three things clear: 1) after years of high chronic stress, my immune system was weak and my resultant bouts of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) were getting more frequent and more severe, …

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Sacred sensation

***WARNING*** This post contains sexual themes some may find uncomfortable. December 28, 2015 (Timu): Since reading Sardello's book on Silence, I've been trying out some meditation techniques. Three days ago, I was out on a large rock for my morning quiet time. I closed my eyes and focused my attention on the enveloping silence. I …

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Matter articulate

From the epilogue of Denys Turner's biography of St. Thomas Aquinas: Thomas's matter speaks, it overflows with meaning. For what are human beings but matter articulate, animals that in speaking make sounds utter, and in writing make literate shapes?... Articulate animals that were are, our bodies speak to one another, and through word and gesture …

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