Free Will…?

Since the Enlightenment days in the 18th century or even earlier, there has been a debate on whether free will actually exists or not. There are educated, scholarly people who do not believe in the existence of free will. There are esoteric, philosophical arguments on both sides that do not feel very practical to day-to-day …

Birthing

The last Sunday of Advent focuses on birthing. There’s the literal sense of Mary birthing Jesus into the world, and the spiritual sense of the Divine entering into Life, joining with all of creation. Richard Rohr talks about Jesus’ birth being the second incarnation, that Christ first entered the world through creation. The Bible says …

A Look Back

I celebrated my birthday this past weekend, a time which always makes me look back at the last year of my life thus far and get a bit introspective. There were some big things that happened – the birth of my son, a scary experience after his birth with an emergency surgery and multiple blood …

Original Blessing by Danielle Shroyer; a book report

I’m going to try to keep this brief, because this book BLEW MY MIND and I want to quote the entire thing here. Every page (honestly) felt like a mic-drop, and I highlighted a major portion of it. I would highly recommend it to anyone who grew up religious in a Western Christian denomination with …

Why my Christian faith compels me to vote Blue

“Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.” Ezekiel 16:49-50 I grew up thinking that Republicans were Christians, and deserved my vote across the board. As I’ve grown and learned about life and society and politics, my …

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