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Jesus’ teaching on non-resistance to evil is hard.

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Richard Rohr: If holy affirming is first of all life, then the holy denying is almost inevitable, otherwise we would idolize the holy affirming. It keeps everything flowing. We can’t have it forever. Everything passes away. This everything that passes away is also reborn in God.

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In his novel The Shack William Paul Young struggles with the human experience of tragedy.

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My Jeremiah post on evil a week ago today generated a number of fruitful responses to the conundrum of a God who “shapes evil” against people.

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In the sermon Irwin Shaw puts in the mouth of the vicar Noah encounters in his novel, The Young Lions, the preacher, starts with a stirring call to love as the embodiment of the message Jesus brought.

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Some challenging thoughts “from brokenstones”:

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The number of ditches worth dying in seems to diminish as I age. There are just fewer battles worth waging.

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“Colorado Shooter: Insane or Just Plain Evil?” by , Jul 25, 2012 4:45 AM EDT

Is “Just Plain Evil” a legal definition? Is it a helpful definition? Or were the editors of “The Daily Beast” trying to make a theological point when they created the headline for Shapiro and Pelisek’s article on the legal strategies to be employed in the trial of James Holmes?

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Questioned about the origin of evil, Eckhart Tolle draws a useful analogy to speak about the nature of God and God’s relationship to creation.

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Last night we held our fourth Spirituality Cafe. The venue has changed. We have moved to Caffe Misto (2865 Foul Bay Road between Neil & Allenby).

Caffe Misto is a lovely little coffee shop two blocks from the church where I work. It is a perfect location. Sascha the owner has been incredibly welcoming and accommodating. Caffe Misto is not open in the evenings. So we had the whole place to our selves. It was a great venue. The only drawback is the surprisingly noisy refrigeration units. Even with a small group we needed to use the microphone in order to hear each other.

Our question last night was “”How does my understanding of good and evil affect my spirituality?”
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