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“Do You Have Deep Dark Thoughts?” It is often during a time of crisis when the deep, dark questions roll in one after the other. Have you had nights like the woman in this cartoon?Nights when you couldn’t get to sleep?You can’t get to sleep because you wrestling with existential thoughts? Thoughts that are answerless.Mysterious.Deep.Unfathomable. And also disturbing.Overturning.Upsetting.Life-changing. Questions that provoke you at the deepest level. But you know they must be followed because you sense there’s something very important at the end of it… Life!Happiness!Peace of mind! I know it’s true.

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"What is Your Theology Box?" The theology box store owner warns his next customer: “Be careful which one you pick. You’ll be in it for the rest of your life.” Living through crises such as the one we're in right now should force us to think outside of our tidy little boxes.  But, people don’t want to change their minds. It’s too uncomfortable. It’s too humiliating. It’s too… hard! If I hadn’t changed my mind I’d still be believing the very same things I believed in as a child. Some people think that’s a virtue… to think like a child…...

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“Stages of Dependence” Here are the stages of my relationship with religion. I compare it to my relationship with my parents. 1. Dependence: As children we’re dependent on our parents. We need them. They provide everything. They shape our worldview. The same with religion. We’re dependent on it. It nurtures us. It shapes our worldview. 2. Codependence: This comes at adolescence. We test our boundaries and our parents’ control. We’re stuck between needing our parents and not wanting to. They assume control, but our rebellion creates tension. Same with religion. It thinks it controls us, but we test it. 3. Independence: This came...

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“Rest or Rules” I really have come to the conclusion that the Church cannot truly heal people. It would lose its market. The trick in keeping an organization going is to keep people dependent upon it. And the easiest way to keep people dependent is by managing them with rules. Because organizations know that rules offer a security that feels like peace and looks like rest. But those who have tasted true freedom and true rest know that is a lie. How about you?  

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“Love is Political” I often get complaints from people when I address political issues. They want me to stick to the spiritual realm. Impossible! Because love is political. Because what is true must apply to all of life. It won’t cuddle up into a cozy corner of our lives called “spiritual”. All thoughts, when believed, eventually trickle down into policy. In other words, if you feel superior to other people, even though you don’t want to, you will inevitably treat other people as inferior. It’s like genocide. The end result is horrific. But it all begins with the earliest signs...

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