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Jesus the Ascetic

Why I, a Protestant, Pray the “Hail Mary” and use a rosary

By |April 23rd, 2015|

As part of this year-long effort to better understand what we mean when we talk about following Jesus, called My Jesus Project, I’ve been making a more concerted effort to pray every day. Even though my tendency is to focus on more […]

I Think My Six-Year-Old Might Be Jesus

By |March 7th, 2015|

I’m not sure, but I think my daughter, Zoe, is Jesus. For a couple of reasons. But before I talk more about her, let’s talk about me. You know, since I’m not Jesus and I like talking about myself.
I hate failing. […]

Why I’m Fasting and Giving Away Half of My Stuff This Month

By |March 2nd, 2015|

I felt like I was preparing to punish myself for the month of March, the focus of which is “Jesus the Ascetic” during My Jesus Project, my year-long effort to more deeply understand what we really mean when we talk about following Jesus. I’ve consulted with a dietician, talked with my mentor, Reba Riley (author […]

My Jesus Project for March: Jesus the Ascetic

By |February 27th, 2015|

I thought Jesus the Radical was hard. At least I didn’t fast from solid food and alcohol, give away half of my stuff or sit in the lotus position until my legs fell asleep.

In March I’m working with mentor Reba Riley, author of “Post Traumatic Church Syndrome,” as she guides me through my month of learning some new […]

What Does it Really Mean to Follow Jesus?

By |February 21st, 2015|

Four out of five Americans claim to be Christians. That’s more than a quarter billion people in the United states alone who claim, in one way or another, to follow Jesus. But what does that really mean?

Is it more like a one-and-done deal, like lifetime membership in a club? Is it the default response when […]

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