I’m writing for Deeper Story today about the ways in which the Christian blogosphere is too often driven by controversy and outrage.
“We have become the outrage-industrial complex, building a digital empire by speaking in the vitriolic language of us vs. them.
I think that if there wasn’t a conflict we would have to start one.”
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I wrote about the intersection of beer and faith today for Deeper Story. Below is an excerpt, and you can read the rest here.
“Beer can be abused, but it can also be a cherished blessing. I cherish beer because beer connects us to the harvest and the land, to each other in all our little communities, and to our history as a people and a Church.
As the monks of old knew well, the very process of brewing can easily become a sort of liturgy, an act of worship. When I brew it is a time of celebration and prayer, it allows me to relax and think while I engage in the little repetitions of bottling, or wonder at the miracle of yeast’s interaction with boiled grain. And later, as I raise a glass of the finished product with friends or family, I realize how such a simple thing as a conversation over a pint can be one of life’s greatest blessings.”
Today at Deeper Story I wrote about idealism, reform, and tending the little parcel of land I’ve been entrusted with.
“Adam and Eve, as the story goes, were placed on earth as the image of the Creator God, and then told to tend a garden – because that sort of act matters. Changing our corner of the world, whatever God has entrusted us with, big or small, is no unimportant or meaningless gesture.
Somehow, mysteriously and by the grace of God, these acts add up into something more, something beautiful.
Loving my neighbor, growing with my community of faith, planting flowers around the lamppost.”
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