The Soul Felt Its Worth

Sometime after Thanksgiving I noticed an unsettledness in my spirit, disquiet in my soul, angst in my mind, and ache in my heart. Interestingly, other people have shared they’re feeling similar things.  With winter coming and the season of death approaching, I wonder if we’re experiencing a communal longing.  Could it be that regardless of our … Continue reading The Soul Felt Its Worth

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Why Replacing “Them” with “Us” will Change the World

There is no path topeace; peace isthe path.  It seems to me one of the biggest problems in the world today is division.  All too often when people think, look, believe, and/or act differently from us, we name them other, which all too easily allows and pushes us to exclude, ridicule, demonize, and even harm … Continue reading Why Replacing “Them” with “Us” will Change the World

Why We Should Join Jesus in Killing Our “Pigs”: Being Freed from What Holds Us Back

I love playing games and often do pretty well at them.  Honestly, this is so much the case that multiple people have said, “Lang ALWAYS wins.” The problem with this is it’s because I’m quite competitive … though I’d like to think I’m recovering from this. 🙂 One reason my competiveness is a problem is there … Continue reading Why We Should Join Jesus in Killing Our “Pigs”: Being Freed from What Holds Us Back

How Following the Humble, Weak, and Vulnerable God Will Change Us for the Better

In the past I worshipped strength, power, possessions, victory, being correct, position, esteem, and so on.  Not only is this what American culture tells us to do, it was effectively the sum total of my image of God.  As I hopefully get wiser, I increasingly find this axiom to be True: We are each deeply … Continue reading How Following the Humble, Weak, and Vulnerable God Will Change Us for the Better

How Our View on “Heaven” is Wrecking Earth: An Observation on Global Warming and Salvation

What does “heaven” mean to you?  I put “heaven” in quotes, because in addition to what we usually think of when we hear the word “heaven”, I’m also talking about where do you want to be?  What is paradise for you?  What is the point and goal of life to you?  More to the point, … Continue reading How Our View on “Heaven” is Wrecking Earth: An Observation on Global Warming and Salvation

Unity, Nonviolence, and Not Being Content: 3 Enlivening Christian Messages We Need More than Ever

It’s interesting to me that in America we pride ourselves on the separation of Church and state, yet they really aren’t … and both suffer from it.  Now, this is just a quick hit of me trying to encourage us to greater care and compassion, so please keep that in mind. 🙂 It’s interesting to … Continue reading Unity, Nonviolence, and Not Being Content: 3 Enlivening Christian Messages We Need More than Ever

The Most Important Food Group is “God”: How the Eucharist Will Change Your Life

For most of my life I’ve primarily THOUGHT about God, believing my thinking was the entirety of our relationship.  As you might be able to guess, it was a rather studious, distant, and analytical relationship.  While I still believe my thoughts matter, these days I mainly eat, see, and feel the Divine, our connection is … Continue reading The Most Important Food Group is “God”: How the Eucharist Will Change Your Life

Sometimes Words are Dumb: The Importance of Moving Beyond Labels

In class the other day my yoga teacher said something about moving beyond labels.  This struck an “AHA” chord in my soul as I realized while words are necessary, they can also limit, divide, hinder, and minimize because we often think labels define a person, place, or thing. Instead of naming, separating, and fighting as Republican … Continue reading Sometimes Words are Dumb: The Importance of Moving Beyond Labels

An Exceedingly Helpful Tip for Ending Our Blame and Shame Cycles

As long as a single person is lost, I am lost. To try to save myself by getting free from the mass of the damned (Augustine’s massa damnata), and becoming good by myself, is to be both damned and absurd—as well as antichrist. Christ descended into hell to show that He willed to be lost … Continue reading An Exceedingly Helpful Tip for Ending Our Blame and Shame Cycles

How the Gratuitous Goodness of God Will Change Your Life and the World

 “Life isn’t fair.” I imagine you’ve heard and possibly said this refrain, but probably in a negative manner to explain why bad things happen when they shouldn’t.  YET, what if was True in the most glorious and amazing way?  What if we trusted and lived like the Universe was rigged in our favor, God is good … Continue reading How the Gratuitous Goodness of God Will Change Your Life and the World