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A Glorious Inheritance: A Reflection on the Feast of the Ascension

Today is Ascension Day, which commemorates the end of the forty days of Jesus' earthly appearances after his resurrection, and his ascent into heaven. The story itself, as related in the Acts of the Apostles, is as simple as it is odd: As they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him … Continue reading A Glorious Inheritance: A Reflection on the Feast of the Ascension

Integral Basics, Part 2: Multiple Perspectives

There's a famous Indian parable about a group of blind men trying to make sense of an elephant. To one, touching the trunk, it's a snake. To another, touching the ear, it's a fan. To another, holding the leg, it's a tree. To still another, grasping the tail, it's a rope. And to the last … Continue reading Integral Basics, Part 2: Multiple Perspectives

A New People: A Reflection on Acts 10.44-48

The world often seems impossibly divided. 'Left' and 'right', 'East' and 'West', 'North and South', Black and white, 'sinners' and 'saved' — such divisions, oversimplified as they are, seem to govern much of our public discourse. As frustrating and even frightening as this may be, it is also a very human state of affairs. We … Continue reading A New People: A Reflection on Acts 10.44-48

Integral Basics, Part 1: The Search for What Comes Next

Life is not for the faint of heart. This is true for every single human who has ever lived. But it's perhaps most true for those of us who engage with the spiritual life. As cliché as the metaphor of the "spiritual journey" may be, it remains true: Life is a long and winding road, … Continue reading Integral Basics, Part 1: The Search for What Comes Next

Vine and Branches: A Reflection on John 15.1-8

Throughout this Easter season, I've often found myself writing some version of the phrase "our lives are caught up in Christ's." This is usually followed by some explanation, like "because we are anointed with the same Spirit he was." It's a similar idea to the ancient Christian theological precept, "We become by grace all that … Continue reading Vine and Branches: A Reflection on John 15.1-8