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Hermeneutics of Fatherhood

Larry Norman – God bless him for shaking things up when he asked, “why should the devil have all the good music” – had a song with the lines “forget your hexagram, you’ll soon feel fine.” The tune ran through my mind after thinking about a great tomish text I finished about Christian Hermeneutics.

Yup. Larry Norman, hermeneutics, and hexagrams.

Source – Altarwork – Hermeneutics of Fatherhood – Joy and Matthew Steem

Interview with Ron Dart

In one of your books you state that “We can always know when we are in the presence of those who are near to God if they are sensitive to human suffering and human struggles … such people will know, in the depths of their lives, the comfort, stillness, grace, and kindness of God.” …

Source – Clarion: Journal of Spirituality and Justice – Interview with Ron Dart – by Matthew and Joy Steem

Coming to Oneself

I have a confession to make: the story of the prodigal son has long been one of those tales that has been a little lost in translation for me. A young son asks his dad for some money, squanders the money in disreputable company, then goes home. His dad embraces him with open arms and has a feast, but his older brother is sulky about the arrangement. Sure, it’s an interesting story, but not particularly gripping. I never really wanted to say this out loud for fear that I would be taken for one of those types of people who can’t quite grasp the original context of a passage. So, I lived for years without the passage ever actually genuinely impacting me.

Recently that changed. …

Source – Clarion: Journal of Spirituality and Justice – Coming to Oneself – Matthew and Joy Steem

Taking Hamlet to Prison

I lived in a penitentiary city for a time. When I am feeling particularly mischievous I will introduce this information to people with a feigned sense of discomfort, averting my eyes and speaking quietly and quickly. It’s my own little micro social experiment to see how people respond to the possibility that I spent some time in a correctional facility. Usually the results are similar: silence and then an uncomfortable and somewhat forced laugh when they realize I’ve been pulling their leg. …

Source: Clarion: Journal of Spirituality and Justice – Taking Hamlet to Prison – Matthew and Joy Steem

Wearing Narrative

As one who doesn’t typically pay a great deal of attention to the act of dressing, I have an ambiguous relationship with clothing. In fact, I often catch myself contemplating the necessity of clothing in negative terms, partly because over the years I have become increasingly aware of the class distinctions and identity communicating elements inherent in clothing choices. My mindset has been slowly changing though

Source: Relief Magazine – Wearing Narrative