Jesus, the Anti-Hero

This was originally published on Matthew Barlow’s blog on December 27, 2012. … Since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary I’ve had a few back and forth duels on facebook about gun control, mostly sparked over a few things that I posted. I didn’t necessarily mean for these posts to be inflammatory or controversial, it […]

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CONFESSION: Mormonism Creeps Me Out a Little

I watched the above video recently, and I have to be honest, It creeps me out a little bit. OK, a lot. The religious rituals, the secrecy, the knocking, the passwords, the spacey outfits, totally bizarre to me. And this is coming from someone who is not unfamiliar to Amish and Mennonite culture! A couple […]

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The Light Can Be Blinding | Art by Izziyana Suhaimi

Paul’s blinding conversion and Jesus’ time in the desert are both examples of graphical entries into Heidegger’s ‘clearing’, of coming up on the truer core of ourselves and the different light that eliminates us there. They are, in the fullest sense, moments of enlightenment. Yet, strangely, they are also within the corpus of what we […]

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The Will To Embrace: Sin and Family | Photography by Eric Cahan

…the will to give ourselves to others and “welcome” them, to readjust our identities to make space for them, is prior to any judgment about others, except that of identifying them in their humanity. The will to embrace precedes any “truth” about others and any construction of their “justice.” This will is absolutely indiscriminate and […]

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A New Year & Time Keeps on Ticking; But Does It Have To? | Art by Jenny Brown

Modern society is unimaginable without clock time. With the rise of the chronometer came a vast increase in discipline, efficiency and social speed, transforming every institution and human endeavor. The factory, the office, transportation, business, the flow of information, indeed almost everything we do and relate to is to a greater or lesser extent controlled […]

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A Christmas Prayer

“Help us, O God, to rightly remember the birth of Jesus that we may share in the songs of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and the worship of the magi. Close the door of hate and open the door of love around the world. Let kindness come with every gift and good desire […]

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