Meditations

For some of us, the ideas about God that we held onto, no longer make sense. Still, we feel a sense that we are connected to something bigger than ourselves. The Meditations category contains thoughts and exercises to explore a contemplative life regardless of our beliefs.
Don’t Rush Me

Don’t Rush Me

Without a constant fear of hell, it freed the characters in these stories to be present with people rather than live in constant anxiety. When I began to step away from my belief that hell was a real destination that people go to, it freed me from having to constantly self monitor my sin quotient. It turned my attention from a primarily selfish sense of survival and towards an ability to see and appreciate the beauty of creation all around me.

Opting In vs Opting Out

Opting In vs Opting Out

As much as getting a mansion on the hillside is compelling, the idea of spending eternity worshipping a God who is selectively compassionate towards the people who are supposed to be his children is more than a little off-putting. Much more compelling is the idea that God is the ultimate expression of love and inclusion – that there is limitless grace and mercy – that God welcomes people whether they spent his riches on hookers and booze or not.

When God Dies

When God Dies

It’s painful – absolutely. Grief can sometimes feel like death, but it is also a sign that you’re alive. When your God dies, grief is your bodies way of telling you this was an important relationship, take some time to learn from it and to allow what it meant to you to settle in somewhere deep. Inside, your mind is already doing the work of reorganizing your attachments, keeping the things that make sense, and making room for brand new ideas.

Jesus is All in Your Head

Jesus is All in Your Head

I wonder if this is what is meant by the idea of eternal life. All of us will live on to some degree – the legacy we leave will continue in conversation and consequence for years to come. Jesus’ legacy appears to be so impactful that he continues to find his way into people’s heads, thousands of years later.

Why Not Shakespeare?

Why Not Shakespeare?

A friend recently asked about why people elevate the Bible to such a high place of respect. Why was it so important that millions of people use it as the basis of their faith? Why not take direction for life from a Shakespeare play or poems by Rumi? He said it just seems like an arbitrary decision. I thought it was a great question.

Where We Start

Where We Start

“…those who are open to the wonder will not miss it.” Abraham Joshua Heschel For some of us, the ideas about God that we held onto for many years no longer make sense. Others may never have had any ideas about who or what God is. Some are exploring God for the first time. Maybe Continue reading Where We Start