Remember the feeling of getting out of school when you were a kid: the complete freedom of endless days with nothing to do except play in the yard? What do you remember most clearly about those days? On our childhood memories, but also what we’d change about the priorities of our adult lives…if we could.
Two months after our issue about marriage and weddings, we’re re-visiting the topic to explore more specifically the unique aspects of getting married again -- planning another wedding, blending families, combining possessions, healing from past hurts.
Pronounced correctly, it sounds like “new clear,” but there’s certainly no consensus on what’s “clear” when it comes to nuclear weapons. Are they a justifiable last resort or an inexcusable artifact of human pride? How are Christians responding to this issue? Or is it simply a non-issue for most?
Is there really a man behind the curtain? Or is the notion of controlling “machine” just the paranoid imagining of conspiracy theorists? Reflections on how we live daily with the sense that something is not quite right with what humans have made of the world.
From Plato’s allegory to contemporary films, stories abound that characterize human beings as slaves to illusion. Some might say that we love to be lied to, while others would contend that being fully awake is the only way to be fully human. On the pleasure and pain woven through process of waking up.
The earth is waking up, the birds are singing, people are falling in love and wedding plans are materializing. Throughout every human culture, wedding rituals have evolved, taken hold and then changed again. How can these ceremonies reflect our deepest values? Where are the key points of friction, change and creativity today?
The resurrection of Jesus is good news, and it’s also a whistle sounding: get to work! Some Christian traditions emphasize “spiritual” duties like saving souls, while others earn their paychecks (or volunteer stipends) like the Kingdom depends on it. Is there a balance here? Where do these emphases come from and where do they lead?