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Messy Jesus Business · 1W ago

More than a table

They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts.                            —Acts of the Apostles, 2:46 Last week, I had to buy a dining room table. It is the f...
Messy Jesus Business · 2W ago

The jail we are all in

Photo credit: http://www.freeimages.com/photo/prison-1201356 I spend most of time going through life assuming that I am basically a good person who is OK with God. But, every now and then, I...
Messy Jesus Business · 3W ago

The Holy Mountain

Last summer my partner and I spent a month in Ireland. Below is a reflection I wrote after climbing Croagh Patrick, an ancient pilgrimage site where St. Patrick was said to have fasted for 4...
Messy Jesus Business · 4W ago

Peace beyond corners

My most vivid memories of elementary school are from second grade. I had spiked hair (I’m not sure if it was cool back then or not), lost many of my baby teeth (earning a special certificate...
Messy Jesus Business · 1M ago

From stone to flesh

Weeks before departing for my Holy Week Camino pilgrimage in April, I am out for one of my practice walks. Bundled into layers of winter clothing, I cross through muddy, grayish-tan grass cr...
Messy Jesus Business · 1M ago

Kingdom of God

  Wendell Berry speaks of the Kingdom of God like an economy in a way that totally burns in my soul and speaks to our world situation today. He describes four major principles of the Kingdom...
Messy Jesus Business · 1M ago

Compass

i’d like a compass with you at the north and my sisters in the west   i’ll keep it in my pocket and take it out for direction when i can’t remember the skin i’m in or the rhythm of my own so...
Messy Jesus Business · 1M ago

How the Holy Spirit moves us outward, across enemy lines

  The Holy Spirit is coming! The Holy Spirit!! Easter has ended. Jesus ascended. The power of Pentecost is nearly here. (We’ll celebrate this feast on Sunday.) What sort of wildness is unlea...
Messy Jesus Business · 2M ago

For the good of the guild

In a few of the less-productive minutes of my day, I play an online Star Wars game on my phone. I have some beloved characters which I attempt to constantly level up: by completing certain c...
Messy Jesus Business · 2M ago

Following Jesus outside the box

Since I was a kid, good folks started challenging me to think “outside the box.” In one case, I remember sitting in the shade on a hot day with a group of girls at Bible camp and our counsel...