Hiking Is a Bit Like Life

“Hiking is a bit like life: The journey only requires you to put one foot in front of the other…again and again and again. And if you allow yourself the opportunity to be present throughout the entirety of the trek, you will witness beauty every step of the way, not just at the summit” Unknown  Photos are from my most recent journey into the woods with several of my RezBro friends on the Lakeshore Trail adjacent to Lake Chelan.

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Immigration–Where Do We Stand?

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” “A man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right. A man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice. A man dies when he refuses to take…

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Othering and Fear

“Othering” is one of the tragic sins of our time. It’s a natural, human tendency to allow negative images and stories of people we don’t know to engender fear and create walls, literal if not figurative, of separation between us. I believe many, even within the church, are governed more by fear than love. This brings a tragic reversal to the admonition John gives to the early church. “Perfect fear casts out love” sabotages “perfect love casts out fear!” 1 John…

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What is Visio Divina?

“Jesus came to drive a wedge in the status quo and create spaces where new life can happen,” says John Perkins. Our personal lives, the zip codes where we receive our mail and shop for groceries, and the globe we inhabit seem to be spinning out of control. How can we create spaces where the status quo can be exchanged for this new life? Visio Divina is a practice of seeing, and praying with images or other media. I’ve used photography…

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What is Worldly Holiness?

This is the synopsis of my dissertation which I completed in 2007 and the fodder for a book I’m working on called, “Confessions of a Recovering Evangelical.” These ideas have been seminal for me for nearly 15 years in my post graduate studies and ministry of peacemaking and serving as a pastor. I welcome your thoughts and questions in the comments section below. Thanks kindly, Andy   Final Project Dissertation Proposal Worldly Holiness: Recovering a Missional Spirituality for Our…

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