The Underlying Note of Joy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Musical Theology

April 19, 2021
The theologian and the musician in Bonhoeffer continuously interacted – not only in the sense that his theology informed his musical judgments, but also that his musical knowledge and sensibilities helped him to think through and express some of his most significant theological ideas.

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Accompanying Forward

These breakthroughs in reconciliation happen because Muslims and Christians have taken the time to walk together and accompany each other along the road of reconciliation to a new place.
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Learning Lament: Remembering Tina

Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?  – Elisha, 2 Kings 2 I’ve been thinking lately about the link between memory and sound—the aural shape of memory—and how certain sounds can send you falling headlong into different corners of your memory. There are simple ones like when you hear…
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Economy, Poverty, and the Earth: A Reformed Perspective on Neoliberalism

On his first day in office, President Biden sat at the Resolute Desk and signed a flurry of executive orders, many of them intentionally reversing his predecessor’s most contentious policies. With the swift stroke of the pen, permits to construct the Keystone XL pipeline were revoked and the U.S. was…
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The Voice in My Head Is Populist. And White.

Today, almost unmistakably, people in my tradition—people who have an ancestral distrust of government—find themselves susceptible to populist lines of argument. “They want to take away your freedoms” is a lightning rod in my community. It’s also a go-to populist line: “The elites are coming and they are going to…

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April 20, 2021

How to Pray

You place your hand on the pulse of the congregation, the nation, the world.
April 20, 2021

Liminal Space

Richard Rohr says liminal space is "When you are between your old comfort zone and any possible new answer ... the sacred space where the old world is able to fall apart, and a bigger world is revealed."
April 13, 2021

what can happen in a second

Connections, both simple and complex, can happen in a second.
April 13, 2021


There are as many different love songs out there as there are relationships.
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Oh, whoever lit this winter sun must also love love.
March 30, 2021

Sola Scriptura

The carvings, the windows filled with story. Flames and lilies at the altar, these too from Scripture.
March 30, 2021

Soli Deo Gloria

And now in the back seat of my car as we travel to churches of his early ministry, find organs he once played and choir lofts filled with ghosts.
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