Weekly Compendium

What you may have missed from earlier in the week…

Jonas Ellison
Love without shoulds
The math of love is strange... You’d think that love that comes with demands would lead to positive change. That conditional love would cause right conditions. But as you probably well know, it doesn’t... God gave us the law (the commandments and all of the ‘shoulds’ and ‘should-nots’ written on our hearts) to protect us - if even a little bit - from each…
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Jonas Ellison
The call
One question that pastors and seminarians face time and time again is people asking us to explain our ‘call’ to ministry. This has always struck me as a little… confounding. Some people riff about how God has basically told them from on high that they are supposed to do this ministry thing. And I’ve often wondered…
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Jonas Ellison
Our eyes look outward for a reason
I think that our eyes were designed to face outward for a reason. They’re not directed inward. They don’t point toward our navel. They look... Outward. For the longest time, my spirituality was about me. It was a practice to make me a ‘better person’ (whatever that meant). I wanted to become more peaceful, focused, successful, etc…
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Jonas Ellison
Complete the turn
Walter Wink said that atheism is a first step toward true worship. Atheism is, at its core, the rejection of an idol. A non-God. It is a form of repentance (a change, or a turn in heart/mind away from) a ‘church-God’ or a ‘Bible-God’). I think this is fantastic. But here’s the issue…
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