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Old Adages and the Death of Theology

“The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie--deliberate, contrived and dishonest--but the myth--persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the clichés of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.”
-John F Kennedy

We are a people dominated by old adages – familial, political, social, and theological. Everywhere we turn someone has come up with a way to summarize a common belief into a simple, reproducible phrase; but in doing so have missed the profound essence of truth itself. One of the great western lies is that truth can be captured, set in a box, and delivered to the masses. Truth, in fact, only takes root and explodes into life once it cuts through our calloused hearts – callouses formed by the cliché based belief systems we’ve inadvertently subscribed to over the years . This is especially dangerous since adages take up residence right beneath the…

9/11 Is Our Story

It’s hard to believe 12 years have passed since that dreadful day. None of our lives have been the same ever since, even in ways we don’t always recognize. It’s crazy to think that freshmen in high school were 2 or 3 years old when it happened – and in 12 more years freshmen will be learning about 9/11 in the same way I learned about another event that changed all of our lives forever, Pearl Harbor. And that is what I am afraid of.

I remember learning about the events of December 7, 1941 and feeling like I was so disconnected from them. I understood that it was a devastating event that culminated in our engaging WW2 but it was difficult to grasp the full magnitude of what happened. I tell my daughters stories. I believe it’s important for them to know who they are, what they are a part of, and where we are from. And perhaps there has not been a more defining moment than 9/11 in terms of things that have shaped the world they will grow up in. I have a responsibility to teach them abou…