This article first was published in Word and Way October 21, 2020. Luke 8.26-39 tells the encounter between Jesus and a Garasene community. Among their citizenry was a man overwhelmed by the constant presence of a Legion of demons. For as long as he had been under demonic control, his community stood in solidarity beside … Continue reading Living with Redemption
Enough! That was the simple tweet shared by many players and fans last Wednesday (Aug. 26) as NBA MLB, WNBA, and MLS athletes and teams chose to sit out games in recognition of ongoing racial, social, political, and economic injustices in America. Of course, we know not playing a game, no matter if it is … Continue reading Our Reward We Have Not Earned
As seen in Word&Way July 1, 2020 https://wordandway.org/2020/07/01/it-goes-without-saying/ “It goes without saying” is a curious phrase. Whenever someone says, “it goes without saying,” it is usually followed by them saying something so self-apparent it need not be said. I will take that bait and say the thing that is so obvious it might not need … Continue reading It Goes without Saying
The reality is “we are all living according to a specific regimen of habits, and those habits shape most of our lives … This wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t for the fact that habits form more than our schedules: they form our hearts.” (Earley, p. 7.)
We are all deeply shaped and molded by the habits we keep.
Despite being forced to cut back on our experiences, expenses, and exposure, we collectively remain in a hurry. We were in a hurry before the virus forced us out of common spaces. We have been in a hurry seeking to adapt to sudden change. Currently, we seem to be in a hurry to get back. Back to what? Back to the office, back to school, back to profits, back to consumerism, back to sanctuaries, back to normal? Are we in such a hurry to get back that we are missing the chance to move forward into something new?