New Vision for an Old Story

New Vision for an Old Story

New Vision for an Old Story: Why the Bible Might Not Be the Book You Think It is.

Which Torch Will You Carry?

Which Torch Will You Carry?

Will we carry the torches of hate or the torch of Lady Liberty?

Blowing the Lid Off the God-Box: Opening Up to a Limitless Faith

Blowing the Lid Off the God-Box: Opening Up to a Limitless Faith

God is bigger than your box...don't close it!

Exploring Justice: The Ten Commandments

Exploring Justice: The Ten Commandments

On Rites and Symbols

On Rites and Symbols

A divorced, Scottish Protestant Clergywoman anoints an Irish Catholic Cardinal.

From Isolation to Solitude

From Isolation to Solitude

"Transform the pain of isolation into the spiritual discipline of solitude."

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In giving us the Bible, God did not inspire its authors to give us a book of rules, a legal document, or a textbook on science, history, or even religion. God gave us a collection of stories, knowing well that stories are the fundamental building blocks of human relationship and community at all levels.

When we put on our story lenses and view the Bible, a totally different set of truths and questions are visible. I believe it is this set of truths and questions that God meant for us to use to guide our lives.

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Egrets and cows in Florida

My personal website needs a facelift and this is where I'm working on it. It will probably take months. So if you've ended up here and can't find what you're looking for, please still use annerobertson.com. All the old stuff is still there.  Some has been transferred here and any new blog posts are only here.  Clear as mud?  Hopefully things will get sorted out soon.

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"If the soul is vigilant and withdraws from all distraction and abandons its own will, then the spirit of God invades it and it can conceive because it is free to do so"

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EXPLORING JUSTICE: THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

This is a five volume series for small groups that examines justice issues through the lens of the Ten Commandments. All proceeds from the sales of these books go to support the work and mission of the Massachusetts Bible Society. The series is in production.

Volume I: Priorities--available now!

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Lady Liberty beside torch-wielding white supremacists

Our nation is at a tipping point. Racism, alas, is not new. It has at times been driven underground so that we who benefit from the privilege of our race didn't have to look at it. But it has been there, strategically ignored by too many in power. Ask any person of color of any economic background in any part of the country.

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The world is on edge right now. Troops muster, missiles fly; hate and violence cast a pall of fear at home and abroad. We feel a sense of unity with those who share our views on world events but more divided than ever from those who don't. New alliances are made but often at the high cost of once-cherished relationships that now lie in the dust.

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Jephthah's Daughter

I have been resonating with a Bible story lately--and not one of the "nice" ones. It is the story in Judges 11:29-40 of Jephthah's Daughter.

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Sermon on the mount

Christians make a big deal out of "discipleship." We claim that we are disciples of Jesus and most churches consider the call of Jesus to "Go into all the world and make disciples" (Matthew 28:19) to be at the heart of their mission. Our discipleship doesn't seem to be showing.

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Lent is a time when I used to respond to the call to give something up for 40 days. But as life got harder and loss piled upon loss, I began to resent being told that I had to give up something else for Lent.

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YARD WORK - AS VIEWED FROM HEAVEN*
(overheard in a conversation between God and St. Francis):