Glory in weakness: The curious, body-centric humanism of Christianity

The Christian faith, if it is true to itself, rejects all false images of the human person, just as we might also reject false images of God. It rejects any instances of able-bodyism, racism, sexism, ageism, etc. because these things infringe on the integrity of the human person, not just conceptually but existentially.

Poverty, chastity, obedience… and anti-racism?

The monastic logic of salvation In the Beatitudes, Jesus delivers a logic that has troubled the church ever since. Those, he says, who have been dispossessed of earthly good and rewards stand to inherit such good sin the age to come. Those who enjoy such goods now will come to be dispossessed of them. The … Continue reading Poverty, chastity, obedience… and anti-racism?

Balancing the ledger: forgiveness, thanksgiving , and the shame of privilege

Over the past year, I have had many more conversations about race and white privilege than any other year of my life. These conversations have been insightful and rewarding, but also challenging and difficult at times. There is one thing that I have noticed about the idea of privilege which has prompted a lot of … Continue reading Balancing the ledger: forgiveness, thanksgiving , and the shame of privilege

The Kingdom of God is shaped like forgiveness

What is the relationship between our forgiveness of others' sins against us, and God's forgiveness of our own sins? Scriptural testimony is not entirely clear. Some passages suggest we forgive because we have been forgiven; others that we are forgiven because we forgive. Jesus' teaching in the Gospels seems to emphasize the contingency of being … Continue reading The Kingdom of God is shaped like forgiveness

Rattlesnakes, propaganda, and monsters on the bus: three metaphors of mindfulness

Note: I am using the term 'mindfulness' fairly broadly, including any practices that aim at a shift from struggling with unpleasant thoughts, feelings, etc. to accepting them. Some of the techniques I reference below are better understood as exercises in' defusion' in that they help to recognize thoughts and feelings AS thoughts and feelings, and … Continue reading Rattlesnakes, propaganda, and monsters on the bus: three metaphors of mindfulness