Fellowship of Saints and Sinners

Fellowship of Saints and Sinners

About the Fellowship

 This blog is for anyone who was told that once you invite Jesus into your life, you and your life will never be the  same  again- only to discover that what you were told was simply not true.  Life and the way you looked at it may  have  changed, but your old familiar patterns and ways of relating did not.  Not immediately, at least.  Not even  soon.  In  fact, you found yourself relearning the same lesson over and over again, so that your journey seemed a bit  more like  driving over and over again through the same roundabout while trying to read the signs to your  destination in a  foreign language.  Or, like stopping, then starting, and taking detours here and there. Other times  what you thought  was your point of destination, or at least the scenic route, turned out to be a dead end. 

If this experience resonates with yours, the good news is that you are not alone and you have come to the right place.  I suspect that there is a whole company of saints and sinners out there just like us for whom “conversion” has been a whole lot messier, incomplete and unrefined.  For whom there are days when it seems impossible to believe in a loving God, not to mention act like it.  For whom an experience of “church” has left us wanting and searching for more.  More depth.  More honesty.  More trust and authenticity.  More grappling with real questions.  Without the judgment.  More room for the grays.

Here we can find fellowship together: where I throw out thoughts, reflections, questions, doubts and proclamations, I invite you to join the conversation.  Hence, the term, “fellowship.”  We are a society or community of friends whose common bond is their identity as “saints” and “sinners.”  Who recognize their equality before God.  

Some definitions are in store here.  The term, “saint,” can vary across denominational and  religious lines, but my use here is in its broadest sense: “saints” are those who believe in God’s  love, embodied most clearly in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and are striving  to live into that reality.  ”Sinners” are those who fall short, miss the mark, transgress, break  moral laws, do bad, sometimes evil things and recognize the wretchedness of their sinful condition apart from the saving grace of God.

So this blog is really for anyone, “converted,” “unconverted,” or always “converting,” who seeks God in the messiness of real life.  St. Anselm called it “faith seeking understanding.”  Whatever it is, I would like to think that the journey will never end and that there’s plenty of grace to be had in the journeying itself.

Previous Posts

A Christmas Homily
While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. —Luke 2:6,7 The sheer physicality of this picture strikes me this Christmas. The ba

posted 1:54:50pm Dec. 24, 2014 | read full post »

Mental Health Break—Sprawl II
My favorite band these days is Arcade Fire, and I've featured the Canadian indie rock group before at this intersection between God and life. The lead singer studied Kirkegaard in college and their songs, like this one, are often subtle but brilliant critiques of the least aesthetically pleasing thi

posted 12:58:15pm Dec. 18, 2014 | read full post »

I Can't Breathe and the Widow's Cry—A Guest Post
Fellow saint and sinner Saskia de Vries is a neuroscientist in Seattle, Washington and has posted before at this intersection between God and life. She, like so many of us, is grappling with the tragedies of Eric Garner and Michael Brown and the larger systemic problem they seem to reveal—namely,

posted 2:10:09pm Dec. 11, 2014 | read full post »

Advent and Emptiness, Via Louis CK and the Prophet Isaiah
I've been making my way through the book of Isaiah. This morning's reading was from chapter 6, where the prophet Isaiah receives his call to go to the people of Israel and proclaim God's judgment of a people who have wandered away from God's purposes for them. Isaiah asks how long God's people will

posted 11:45:39am Dec. 09, 2014 | read full post »

Advent Resurrection
It may seem strange to pair Advent with resurrection. Usually resurrection comes more naturally at Easter. But at heart the labor pangs of all creation giving birth to the Christ child are a longing for a new start. Advent is a longing to be born again. Neuroscience now teaches that every minu

posted 2:47:38pm Dec. 04, 2014 | read full post »


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