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Poor Worm, Listen

Poor Worm, Listen 150 150 Nicole

Image of an etching by artist William Strutt in 1896. Isaiah 11:6,7: The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down…

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Peace and the Amplituhedron

Peace and the Amplituhedron 150 150 Nicole

After our first Sunday of Advent conversation, Lysander and I continued to wonder at the implications of God’s creative intention in the beginning: What if we have always had the ability to do magic, but God hid the knowledge of it from us because God knew we would not use it with an understanding of…

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Oration and Power and Ignoring the Rest

Oration and Power and Ignoring the Rest 150 150 Nicole

English: Jesus Christ – detail from Deesis mosaic, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul (Photo credit: Wikipedia)   In the past few weeks, I have been researching discourse in antiquity (approximately 2nd century BCE to 3rd century CE). One particular source by Caroline Vander Stichele and Todd Penner focuses on the role of appearance and outward characteristics that…

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Electric Sheep and Freaks

Electric Sheep and Freaks 150 150 Nicole

I’ve just been listening to Janelle Monáe—her new album, The Electric Lady, just released on iTunes. Her voice is amazing, but it is her creative, thoughtful use of a variety of genres while commenting on self-hood and social norms that hooks me. One of my favorites right now is Q.U.E.E.N. It is in this song…

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The Matter of Matter and How it Matters

The Matter of Matter and How it Matters 150 150 Nicole

Mass map of Abell 1689. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)   A short preface: recently, there have been a number of articles published that include the cute phrase, “matter matters” and the like. Full disclosure: I have such an article in the archives of my blog—while preceding these by some fair measure . . . . But,…

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Image of God, Loving Relationship and Creation Care

Image of God, Loving Relationship and Creation Care 150 150 Nicole

Dansk: Vittskövle Kirke, Skåne, Skabelsesberetningen: dyrene på landjorden (1. Mos. 1,24) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Delfo Canceran offers a stunning reflection on the Image of God as articulated in the creation narratives in Genesis. In a 2011 issue of the Asia Journal of Theology, he sets out to redeem the patristic, male-centric rendering and interpretations of…

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Falling Gracefully

Falling Gracefully 150 150 Nicole

English: Blind Faith by Richard MacDonald (Photo credit: Wikipedia) What kind of imprint do I really want to make on this world, in my life, on the people that surround me? Richard Rohr reflects on two possibilities: “Kingdom people are history makers. They break through the small kingdoms of this world to an alternative and…

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Transformed By One Another

Transformed By One Another 150 150 Nicole

Just a couple of weeks ago we celebrated Clark’s Homecoming—seven years! As we retell his story each year, Clark’s questions become more nuanced, poignant. We have always told of his birth mom who gave him life and the foster mom who protected him until we could get him at six months. But now his questions…

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Humility and Transformation

Humility and Transformation 150 150 Nicole

Abuses occur when power is sullied. Whenever someone is in a position of authority—and all of us are in such a position in one aspect or another—that authority confers a certain measure of power. When one has the power to impose influence on another, how it is used will reflect ones humanity. That is, to…

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Fire, the Interior Mansion, and Magnetic Fields

Fire, the Interior Mansion, and Magnetic Fields 150 150 Nicole

Aurora during a geomagnetic storm that was most likely caused by a coronal mass ejection from the Sun on 24 May 2010. Taken from the ISS. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)   My son and I subscribe to Discover magazine. The subscription is, in truth, in my son’s name, but I have enjoyed it equally if not…

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