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Choose to Love • Deepening our Christianity #27

Deepening our Christianity the Monday Newsletter of Paul Prins Edition #27 · 19 February 2024 Blessings Reader, Choose to Love Love is many things. Each one of us knows many kinds of love. Each is love, and each is deeply meaningful. We might say that we love a favorite book, film, or TV show. We might also say that we love our friends or family members. Those of us who are married, hopefully, say that we love our spouse. It is immense the ways and depths we experience love. Rather than...

4 days ago • 2 min read

Deepening our Christianity the Monday Newsletter of Paul Prins Edition #26 · 12 February 2024 Blessings Reader, A Failure of Orthodoxy For most of the last century, the western Protestant Church embarked on a grand project. It was rooted in their vision of reformation. That project was based on the belief that the right knowledge results in the right action. Within the walls of our churches, we have believed that knowing leads to wisdom. Wisdom that would inform our being in the midst of a...

11 days ago • 2 min read

Deepening our Christianity the Monday Newsletter of Paul Prins Edition #25 · 5 February 2024 Blessings Reader, No Start or End to Love Oh, beloved, I don't know what to say. That fear that creeps into your bones. It finds its way deep into the sinew and marrow. There, it slowly drips its vile poison over your hope. It can so easily glaze over your sight. Those equally beloved, through this haze, become others. Let us resist. Let us trust in love. In a love that comes with its blistering...

18 days ago • 2 min read

Deepening our Christianity the Monday Newsletter of Paul Prins Edition #24 · 22 January 2024 Blessings Reader, A Parisian Cold Snap For over a week, it has been below freezing here in Paris. It has felt quite brisk and cold outside. This shift in weather has been unusually cool and long, based on our last 8 years in the city. The climate here is much more temperate than my childhood in Minneapolis, where it was common to stay below freezing for the majority of the winter, and often have weeks...

about 1 month ago • 2 min read

Deepening our Christianity the Monday Newsletter of Paul Prins Edition #23 · 15 January 2024 Blessings Reader, A Posture of Peace Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God." ~ Jesus (Matthew 5:9) But love your enemies and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil people." ~ Jesus (Luke 6:35) To be a child of God. Is there anything greater...

about 1 month ago • 2 min read

Deepening our Christianity the Monday Newsletter of Paul Prins Edition #22 · 8 January 2024 Blessings Reader, Seeking the Light There is this tension in how we speak of faith. On one side, the divine comes to us. Finding us lost in creation and bringing light to us in the dark. On the other side, we journey to find the light. Do we wait to be found or begin a journey into the unknown with hope? There is no key or answer. Within ourselves, we have to hold this balance and dance. With...

about 2 months ago • 2 min read

Deepening our Christianity the Monday Newsletter of Paul Prins Edition #21 · 13 November 2023 Blessings Reader, Saying Yes to God I don’t want this reflection to dissuade you. I do understand that my experience is not universal. It may well be a minority experience. I hope that it is the experience of few. I wish that I could feel joy in this moment. I hear and see the celebration that this erupts in others. In so many ways, that only further isolates and alienates me. It has not been my...

3 months ago • 2 min read

Deepening our Christianity the Monday Newsletter of Paul Prins Edition #20 · 30 October 2023 Blessings Reader, These last four weeks, I have been busy. The website for Urban Monastics was under a major overhaul as we prepare to fundraise. With the first major milestone reached, I'm back with the weekly newsletter. Check out the new homepage! Building Depths of Grace Let us build on the previous reflection - the way, truth, and life (you can re-read it here - it’s been a few weeks). The thrust...

4 months ago • 3 min read

Deepening our Christianity the Monday Newsletter of Paul Prins Edition #19 · 18 September 2023 Blessings Reader, The Way of Jesus The way, the truth, and the life. Jesus uses this phrase to describe himself. In His next breath, He tells us that no-one gets to the Father except through Him. The way, truth, and life. Of the three things on this list, it is truth that seems most interesting. If not the most interesting, then the easiest to engage with. Engaging with truth takes the least from...

5 months ago • 3 min read

Deepening our Christianity the Monday Newsletter of Paul Prins Edition #18 · 11 September 2023 Blessings Reader, Jesus Felt Compassion What is one of the most understandable but weirdest things I've noticed in talking to mature Christians? They often quote the Bible, but not the gospels. Just today, I saw someone online quote the Apostle Paul to define the Gospel, or good news. You know... The message that Jesus himself proclaimed and sent his disciples out to proclaim. They thought it was...

5 months ago • 3 min read
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