Our Post-Democratic Independence Day: For a Ruthless Critique of Everything

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Dear friends,

Today, after 248 years, can be legitimately described as America’s first post-democratic Fourth of July.

We’ve had plenty of pre-democratic Independence Days. This is because our republic existed for over a century without giving Native and enslaved people, women, and others the right to vote.

But today is something different. It’s on the other side of the presidential office being given dictatorial powers of impunity. The historian Heather Cox Richardson has correctly named that our country has undergone a “coup.”

In honor or infamy of this 4th, my mind goes to our dear old brother Karl Marx. Marx called for “a ruthless critique of everything,” and that’s precisely what I think America needs today.

If you’re allergic to Marx, that’s fine. I disagree with him on plenty of things. But that old scary bearded German has a lot to teach us about our time and its task.

In 1843, when Marx was just 25, he wrote a short but powerful essay entitled “For a Ruthless Criticism of Everything Existing.”.. Read More

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Dear American Christian

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Dear American Christian,

Can you imagine your life without America? (If you’re a citizen of another country, kindly insert your own.)

Can you still feel life, liberty, and happiness if you imagine America as part of your past and no longer part of your future?

If you can’t, you’re probably more American than Christian. Your nationality has shaped your humanity more than your spirituality.

It’s time for us to go back to Christianity 101 and remember the very basics:

  1. Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down… Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to practice everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 24:2; 28:19-20)
  1. Paul wrote, “Our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 3:20)
  1. Peter taught, “Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from corrupt desires, which wage war against your soul.”
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It Hurts So Good: A Story of Unconditional Love

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Dear friends,

This is a story of unconditional love.

On Mother’s Day, my mom told me, “When you entered this world, your daddy was there when you came out.” Starting from that primal moment, my dad was always with me, whether in person or across the distance during my many years of living in Ethiopia.

Joe DeCort holding Andrew DeCort as a baby

Throughout my life, dad always made me feel loved, accepted, and secure. This wasn’t primarily because of the things he told me. I don’t remember him ever saying, “Andrew, I will always love you unconditionally.” Dad didn’t talk this way. It was because of who he was and the way he treated me.

When I was growing up, my dad didn’t have many rules. He didn’t care how I cut my hair. I didn’t need to be home by a certain time, and I often got home in the middle of the night. There weren’t places I couldn’t go, and I was free to explore pubs and clubs in Chicago with my friends... Read More

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A Tribute to My Dad (1944-2024): How Smooth You Play

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Dear friends,

Today marks seven days since my dad – Joseph James DeCort Jr. – died (February 9, 1944 – April 27, 2024). It’s a kind of sabbath in this new world with(out) my dad living in it.

I won’t simply call it a world “without” dad, because I don’t believe that. He’s still here, with us, near us — but in a different way that’s more mysterious and difficult to access and discern.

When I walked on the prairie path the day after he died, I felt the wind on my body and told Padre, “I feel like you’re close to me; you’re in the wind now.” And I knew that to be true. I could feel his presence on my skin, even as I often wake up with a dull sense of absence now.

He went home to his Creator a week ago on April 27 at 9:14pm due to cardiac arrest. He had gotten the flu and fell out of bed on April 18... Read More

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Gaza Before and After

Six Months after October 7

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Dear friends,

On October 7, Hamas killed over 1,200 Israelis and others, and kidnapped over 200 people. This was an act of atrocious terrorism. Today marks six months since Israel started militarily devastating Gaza in reaction to Hamas’s violence.

I invite you to consider this very limited summary of the devastation.

Israel’s violence has killed over 33,000 Gazans or 1 out of every 70 image-bearers of God in Gaza. This includes more than 25,000 women and children. What Israel described as its 9/11, Israel has inflicted over 27 times on Gaza.

Israel’s violence has injured over 75,000 Gazans or 1 out every 30 image-bearers of God in Gaza.

Israel’s violence has inflicted “extreme food insecurity” on more than half of Gaza’s 2.3 million people. Some, including children, are starving to death.

Israel’s violence has destroyed or damaged over 50% of Gaza’s infrastructure. Over 60% of homes and 80% of schools have been damaged or destroyed.

Israel’s violence has displaced around 85% of Gaza’s 2.3 million people from their homes... Read More

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Tucker Carlson interview Vladimir Putin

Notes on Tucker’s Interview with Putin

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Dear friends,

Over the weekend, I watched Tucker Carlson’s 127-minute interview with Vladimir Putin from start to finish. The interview has been watched over a hundred million times and offers important, if troubling, windows into our time.

I’m sharing some notes that I took on the discussion as I watched. As always, thank you for stopping and thinking with me.

  1. Authoritarian Strategy and Psychology

From the start, Putin immediately tries to embarrass Tucker for not understanding history. After checking him, Putin says he’s going to talk for thirty seconds.

He then gives a thirty minute monologue. In fact, the whole first hour and much of the “interview” is a monologue by Putin. When Tucker actually inserts questions, Putin often responds as if he’s merely transitioning to the next point in his lecture.

Putin models authoritarian strategy and psychology 101: intimidate (or ingratiate) your dialogue partner and then dominate what is said with your single story.

  1. Imperial History and Psychology

Putin then gives a bogus history of Russia that no historian would take seriously... Read More

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A Delightful Memory, a painting by Lily DeCort

Announcing Lily’s Painting Website

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Dear friends,

This is such a special Stop & Think for me to share with you. I’ve written before about my wife Lily’s journey of becoming a painter. Today I’m delighted to announce that Lily is now making her paintings available for purchase on her new website.

 

The home page of lilydecort.com

As a writer who works in words, the wordless power of Lily’s paintings has been deeply moving and enlivening to me. Each time Lily finishes another canvas, I experience afresh how her work communicates meaning and evokes presence in a way that bypasses words. Her paintings bathe the viewer’s consciousness in beauty. They open space for deeper feeling and cast mirrors for fresh reflection. They open windows for seeing and being seen in new ways. Peace and freedom, honesty and hope well up. This word-transcending, presence-opening quality in Lily’s paintings has been tremendously refreshing, healing, and grounding to me.

In recent weeks, I’ve shared a preview of Lily’s website with a few friends, and it’s been a delight to hear them describe a similar experience... Read More

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The Precipice at Acadia National Park in Maine

A Word for 2024: “Do Not Be Afraid!”

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Dear friends,

Happy New Year!

Today is the first day of 2024. How do we want to begin this new year? What might the Spirit be saying to us and inviting us into?

As I prayed and listened over this time in my life, I heard four simple words: Do not be afraid! Perhaps this message is also relevant to you.

Confessing My Fear

I have to begin with a confession. In many ways, 2023 was a year of fear for me. Looking back, I can see how fear haunted me, limited me, strove to trap me, block me, and pull me under.

I began the year with the fear that I would be rejected and abandoned by people I love.

I was dogged by the fear that I couldn’t heal from traumatic wounds in my soul and that I would always feel broken and empty inside.

I was haunted by fear that I could no longer write and that my vocation was coming undone... Read More

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Andrew DeCort's essay on Mary's faith and the meaning of Christmas

Mary’s Faith

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Dear friends,

This week, I’m continuing my meditation on this holy Christmas season and how God enters into our world. At the end of my essay, I’ll share five other Christmas-related articles that have spoken to me, especially in this time of such heartbreaking war in the land where Jesus was born. Please receive Lily’s and my warmest Christmas greetings and prayers for peace, comfort, and joy.

Yours with love,
Andrew

Mary’s Faith

Last week, I began with the question, “How does God come?” We explored the story of Jesus’s birth and saw that God comes through patience, vulnerability, and ordinariness.

Today, I want to ask us another question that takes us a bit deeper: “Has God ever asked you to make a decision that changed your life?” This question leads us into Mary’s story and the mystery of how God is born in our world.

As we contemplate it, I invite you to pause for a brief moment to remember your own journey and ponder more personally: Has God ever asked me to make a decision that changed my life?.. Read More

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Advent: How Does God Come? 

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Dear friends,

Today is the first Sunday of Advent and the beginning of the sacred Christmas season. Advent is a Latin word that means “coming” or “entering in.” As you can see, it’s the root of our word “adventure” or the start of something new. Most simply, then, Advent is the holy time when we remember and enter in to God’s coming to us in the birth of Jesus.

Today I want to reflect on a simple but profound question. When God adventures and comes in person to earth, how does God come? I want to draw your attention to three aspects of God’s coming in the Christmas story.

First, God comes with patience. 

In the journey of God’s coming, there are hundreds of years of anticipation and waiting. Think of the prophets who are quoted in the stories of Jesus’s birth.

Isaiah, the prophet who spoke of the Messiah being born to a young woman, lived seven hundred years before Jesus was born... Read More

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Wadea Is Our Neighbor

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Dear friends,

The heartbreaking violence in Israel-Palestine hit very close to home on Saturday. A few miles away from where I grew up in Illinois, a six-year old boy named Wadea al-Fayoume was murdered.

What was this child’s crime?

Wadea was a Palestinian Muslim. On Saturday, he and his 32-year-old mother Hanaan were at home when their landlord, Joseph Czuba, brutally attacked them. He stabbed Wadea to death and tried to kill Hanaan, seriously injuring her. Reports indicate that Czuba believed this little boy and his mom were dangerous – simply because they were Palestinian Muslims. Mirroring the atrocious violence in Israel-Palestine, he attacked them with a military-style knife. The FBI is investigating this murder as a hate crime.

Sadly, Czuba had several crosses displayed on the property where he attacked precious Wadea and Hanaan. Somehow this “Christian” landlord believed that publicly memorializing the violent murder of Jesus and then violently murdering a small child were not incompatible. This breaks my heart to its core... Read More

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Chapter 5 art for Flourishing on the Edge of Faith

Jesus’s Prayer: For Israelis, Palestinians, and All of Us

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Dear friends,

Violence and grief are surging in Israel-Palestine, the land where Jesus lived and taught, was murdered and rose again.

As blood and tears flow, the wisdom and beauty of Jesus’s spiritual practice impresses itself on my humanity once again. Jesus designed this prayer in the fires of his generation’s high-conflict. Today in ours, it glows in the heat and shows us the way of peace. 

I find hope in Jesus’s practice: 

 

“Our Father” 

God is our Parent — equally the Parent of Israelis and Palestinians, of estranged family members and factory workers, of the living and the dead. Of all people and all nonhuman creation. God says to us, “You are my beloved children; I delight in you.” 

In the presence of our Father, we are family, not enemies. To open our consciousness to God is to remember that we are we — inseparably connected, equal in value, children of our Father and siblings to one another.

 

“Hallowed be your name”

We cannot weaponize G-d for any human project or power... Read More

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Andrew DeCort's Neighbor-Love Course is now available for free on YouTube. Dive deep into this revolutionary vision and practice for flourishing today!

The Neighbor-Love Course on YouTube

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Dear friends,

I’m delighted to share that my video course “Neighbor-Love” is now fully available for free on YouTube.

This seven-lecture course dives deep into the history, spirituality, and contemporary practice of neighbor-love. It’s core message? We’re all fundamentally connected, equally precious in value, and invited by God to make love the very center of our lives.

Each lecture unfolds through several short videos – typically between two and five minutes long. This bite-sized pacing keeps the feast light and lets you sample what looks interesting to you.

Neighbor-love is such a beautiful, hopeful, transformative way of being human. It plots a thought-provoking story of spiritual and cultural revolution, leading to historic innovations like public hospitals and human rights. Jesus promised, “Love God and your neighbor, and you will flourish” (Luke 10:28). I hope this course energizes your faith and flourishing as we write together today’s chapter of neighbor-love.

In the course, I delve into many of our most inspiring teachers and practitioners – from Jesus to St... Read More

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The art for Flourishing on the Edge of Faith chapter 1, illustrating the practice of divine belatedness

“I Actually Felt Love for Cynthia”

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Dear friends,

A woman named Suzen recently reached out and told me a bit of her story. She describes herself as a “Mexican mama” with a love for storytelling. I was so inspired, and Suzen generously agreed to let me share her experience with you.

This summer, Suzen and her husband Chris heard about my book Flourishing on the Edge of Faith while listening to a podcast. They were preparing for a road trip, and they decided to read it together as they traveled.

Unsettling Us-vs-Them 

The first chapter stuck with Suzen. It’s all about how Jesus teaches us to call God “Our Father.” Suzen grew up praying the “Our Father” and experienced it as a dusty “man-made ritual.” But Jesus’s invitation was surprising and life-changing, in his context and ours still today.

The art for Flourishing on the Edge of Faith chapter 1, illustrating the practice of divine belatedness

The first people Jesus invited to call God “our Father” came from wildly different backgrounds. Many of them looked at one another with deep suspicion, frustration, and even hatred... Read More

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AI and Human Value

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Dear friends,

Not long ago, I received a text message unlike any I’ve ever received before. To my knowledge, it was literally the first time in my life. What was so unprecedented?

The text‘s sentences were grammatically perfect. There were no spelling errors. The vocabulary was colorful and rich. The meaning of the message was warm and full of gratitude.

But none of this was totally new. The novelty of the message was that I knew it was generated by ChatGPT.

The person who sent it to me is a dear friend for whom English is their second language. They are very capable and expressive in English; we’ve been communicating for many years. But I knew they couldn’t write this “perfectly” in English.

Receiving this unprecedented text was an interesting experience. On the one hand, it was the most technically advanced, colorfully expressive text message I’ve ever received from this friend. It was “perfect” and would seem like their “best.” But on the other hand, it was probably the most meaningless text that I’ve ever received from them... Read More

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Frederick Douglass Speeches and Writings

Frederick Douglass: A Paradigm of Faithful Patriotism

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Dear friends,

How do you celebrate the Fourth of July or a similar patriotic holiday in your national context?

One of my habits is to read Frederick Douglass’s 1852 speech “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” I consider this one of the most powerful and profound speeches in American history.

I also see it as an enduring paradigm for faithful Christian patriotism today. It shows us how people of faith can wisely commemorate political holidays and relate to their countries. Below, I’ll summarize Douglass’s faithful patriotism as appreciation, confrontation, and aspiration.

This week, I invite you to spend some time reading or listening to Douglass’s speech. Sadly, both links only offer brief excerpts. The full speech is available in this new collection of Douglass’s writings, which I’ll quote from below: Douglass: Speeches and Writings (New York, NY: Library of America, 2022), edited by David Blight.

Frederick Douglass Speeches and Writings

In what follows, I offer a brief introduction to Douglass’s life leading up to his historic speech and then unpack it as a paradigm of faithful patriotism... Read More

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Buy 1 get 1 free Andrew DeCort's Flourishing on the Edge of Faith until July 4

Buy 1, Get 1 Free | Flourishing on the Edge of Faith

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Dear friends,

Happy news! My publisher BitterSweet Collective is now offering a buy-one-get-one-FREE deal on Flourishing on the Edge of Faith. The sale is only available at bittersweetcollective.com and lasts until 11:59pm on July 4th.

If you’ve been meaning to dive in or get a copy for a friend, this is a perfect opportunity. The book is also conveniently designed for group reading and comes with a study guide at the back. Consider gathering some friends and enriching your summer. Please visit bittersweetcollective.com

Thanks to everyone who listened to the BEMA Podcast episode on Flourishing on the Edge of Faith. Your feedback has been so encouraging, and I’m delighted the conversation was life-giving to you. The hosts shared that the episode has been downloaded over 20,000 times already!

As a writer, there’s a special joy when a complete stranger discovers and engages my work. This week, I was delighted to learn that Ric Hudgens – a Chicago-based pastor, professor, and poet – published a review of Flourishing in The Englewood Review of Books... Read More

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Cover art for the BEMA podcast hosted by Marty Solomon on Andrew DeCort's Flourishing on the Edge of Faith

BEMA Podcast on Flourishing and “Ya Tam”

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Dear friends,

Happy Father’s Day and Juneteenth!

I know that some of you follow the BEMA Podcast hosted by Marty Solomon and Brent Billings. Last month, I was honored to join them on BEMA to talk about Flourishing on the Edge of Faith. Today I’m delighted to share that episode with you at this link or wherever you listen to podcasts. Look for BEMA Discipleship Podcast Season 6, Episode 332. 

Marty and Brent asked such insightful questions about my journey, what the book is about, and how it can be used in our everyday lives. I was also so encouraged by their feedback on the book. Marty said it’s likely the best book he’s read on the Lord’s Prayer – heartening words from such a prolific reader, writer, and Bible interpreter. Brent said the book has inspired his prayer life with his four-year-old son, who is now leading others through Jesus’s prayer.

Marty Solomon, host of the BEMA Podcast, says that Andrew DeCort's book Flourishing on the Edge of Faith is probably the best book he has read on the Lord's Prayer       

I hope listening to our conversation gives you similar encouragement and inspiration!.. Read More

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A Billion Revolutions | Flourishing on the Edge of Faith

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Dear friends,

On May 28, I’m turning forty, and I’d love to ask you for a gift as I enter into this new decade. Would you pray for me to experience a fresh intimacy with God’s presence and the heart of Jesus? That’s my desire, and your prayer would mean so much to me.

I want to thank you for joining me in rediscovering the Lord’s Prayer in 2023. I believe Jesus’s prayer distills the essence of his spirituality and offers us an integrated, energizing practice for our flourishing still today. This is a prayer that welcomes everyone and that leads us to the heart of our humanity in God’s presence. We can pray it in a few seconds but plumb its depths for an entire lifetime.

Over the last few months, I’ve been delighted to share seven excerpts from my book Flourishing on the Edge of Faith that dive into each of the seven lines in Jesus’s prayer. Today I’m happy to share the conclusion to the book... Read More

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Presence: A Meditation at Forty

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Dear friends, 

Last Sunday was my fortieth birthday. I offer this short meditation with all of my gratitude for your friendship, support, and presence in my life through the years. 

A year after I was born, my mother wrote me a moving letter about how she saw me. This letter is especially precious to me, in part because I have no memories from those early days of my life. Looking back on that formative but forgotten time, I’m grateful for this sacred gift that allows me to see my native self through my mother’s eyes. 

She began her letter with these tender words: “Andrew, you are so precious and special to us! You love people! You really reach out and greet people so boldly and cheerfully. When you see another face, you are happy and noisy.” 

A picture of baby Andrew DeCort

Forty years after my birth, I am struck by my mother’s discerning perception of me. I feel like the same person in my heart. Across many life-changing experiences — some delightful, some devastating — this remains my native core: I love people, desire to reach out, and feel happy when I “see another face.”.. Read More

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Yours | Flourishing on the Edge of Faith

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Dear friends,

Way back in January, I invited you to join me in praying the Lord’s Prayer each day in 2023. This is the sole prayer that Jesus taught us, and I believe it distills the heart of his vision for human flourishing.

Since then, I’ve been delighted to share several excerpts from my book Flourishing on the Edge of Faith to orient and energize your practice. I hope soaking in Jesus’s prayer has nourished your flourishing and even helped you refocus what flourishing means to you. I’d love to hear from you and learn about your experience!

Today I’m sharing an excerpt from chapter seven of Flourishing, which looks at the climax of Jesus’s prayer: “Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.”

The way Jesus ends his spiritual practice is brilliant yet challenging. Kingdom, power, and glory are some of the most entrenched addictions in the human condition. Whether we look at full-scale wars or broken personal relationships, our hunger for control, power, and prestige is often at work... Read More

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Sojourners: How Good Friday Undermines the Powers and Principalities

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Dear friends,

Happy Easter! Melkam Fasika! Jesus is alive, and death has been defeated with God’s resurrection power.

Celebrating Easter twice, both last week and today, is one of the joys of being married to Lily and sharing life with our beloved Ethiopian community. Today on Ethiopian Easter (Fasika), I pray for peace, healing, and hope in our communities.

Jesus’s death and resurrection isn’t just a once-a-year holiday; it’s the center of our daily lives as followers of Jesus. In this spirit, I’m delighted to share below my article with Sojourners entitled “How Good Friday Undermines the Powers and Principalities.” I write,

God is present in our seemingly God-forsaken places of failure, violence, and suffering. But God isn’t represented by those who condemn and kill; God is revealed in the crucified Jesus, who cries out with forgiveness, hope, and trust. Christians are invited to cry out with Jesus for our enemies in remembrance of Christ’s sacrifice (Romans 5:8).

On this topic, I’ll be speaking about “Loving Your Enemy” at Wheaton College on Thursday night at 7pm in Meyer 145 Buyse Lecture Hall... Read More

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The Most Defiantly Beautiful Death in History | Flourishing on the Edge of Faith

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Dear friends,

Yesterday marked the beginning of Holy Week. This is the sacred and sobering time when we remember Jesus’s arrest, crucifixion, and burial two thousand years ago.

As you meditate on the meaning of this week, I’m sharing an excerpt from chapter six of Flourishing on the Edge of Faith. It reflects on how Jesus responded to these extremely painful events at the end of his earthly life.

What I observe is that Jesus intensified his practice of opening his consciousness to God through prayer. As he did this, he courageously embraced what may be the most challenging paradox of faith in God’s nonviolent kingdom:

Quote from Flourishing on the Edge of Faith describing Jesus's prayer and the paradox of the kingdom: we can seemingly lose everything and yet be perfectly safe with God.

Perhaps there is stress building in your life at this time or you feel like something is coming to an end. May I invite you to pause this week and pray with Jesus the prayer that he taught us? This is not a magic charm or a quick fix. It’s a choice to open our consciousness to God and God’s promise of deliverance... Read More

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Telos Podcast Episode and Book Excerpt | Flourishing on the Edge of Faith

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Dear friends,

This week I’m delighted to share two gifts with you.

The first is a new podcast interview that I recently recorded with David Katibah for Telos’s The Check-in.

Andrew DeCort on Telos's The Check-in discussing The Practice of Flourishing based on his new book Flourishing on the Edge of Faith

In “The Practice of Flourishing,” David and I discuss what it takes to flourish in the face of conflict and pain. We explore how practicing Jesus’s prayer grounds us and gives us the courage to be peacemakers. This conversation is a great introduction to my book Flourishing on the Edge of Faith.

I was moved by David’s incredible warmth, insightful questions, and passion for peacemaking. I hope you listen in and enjoy the conversation. The episode is available here and on all major platforms.

Second, I’m delighted to share an excerpt from chapter five of my book Flourishing on the Edge of Faith. This chapter is all about Jesus’s practice of forgiveness: “Forgive us for our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.”

Quotation from Flourishing on the Edge of Faith, God wants to forgive us

The last few weeks have reminded me just how intensely personal and painful seeking forgiveness can be... Read More

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Seeds of Contemplation and Revolution Amid War

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Dear friends,

How might the prayer that Jesus taught us both energize and also challenge our vision of social change?

I explore this question in my essay “Seeds of Contemplation and Revolution amid War,” which was recently published in Comment Magazine. The essay begins by reflecting on the spiritual vision of Thomas Merton and shares some of the story of the Neighbor-Love Movement. It then looks at Jesus’s prayer as a practice of peaceful presence.

I hope you enjoy my essay below and also explore the other rich articles on Comment‘s website. Special thanks to Anne Snyder, editor-in-chief of Comment, for so warmly welcoming and so thoughtfully engaging my essay.

May you flourish,

Andrew

 

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Seeds of Contemplation and Revolution amid War

Andrew DeCort article in Comment Magazine

“I believe that the true revolution must come slowly and painfully, not merely from the peasant, etc., but from the true artist and intellectual . . . from the thinker and the [person] of prayer.” —Thomas Merton, A Life in Letters

Questioning Change and Being There

 

In 1967, Pope Paul VI asked the Catholic monk Thomas Merton to write a letter from contemplatives to the world.

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How Much Is Enough? | An Invitation to Flourishing

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Dear friends,

How much is enough? What do you need to feel secure and content?

In the fourth practice of his prayer, Jesus teaches us to ask God, “Give us today our daily bread.” This is a spiritual practice of subversive simplicity. It fully affirms that God cares about our physical needs (“our bread“). But it also challenges our consumeristic desire for surplus and reminds us that our needs are shared with others (“our bread”). It’s a counter-cultural vision of enough, of what we need to flourish as God’s beloved children.

I find Jesus’s fourth practice one of the most unsettling and liberating of the seven in his prayer. I hope you enjoy reading the excerpt below from Flourishing on the Edge of Faith and join me in practicing with Jesus daily.

A brief testimony first… 

When I started writing Flourishing on the Edge of Faith, I didn’t have a publisher lined up. I knew that I was called to write this book, and I devoted myself to working on it daily... Read More

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Prophetic Imagination | An Invitation to Flourishing on the Edge of Faith

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Dear friends,

What did the kingdom of God mean to Jesus? And what are we desiring when we make our lives a prayer for it to come on earth?

These questions probe to the heart of Jesus’s third spiritual practice: “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” In the excerpt below from Flourishing on the Edge of Faith, I unpack the first and most important sign of God’s kingdom according to Jesus: countercultural love.

Pullout quote on the kingdom of God from Flourishing on the Edge of Faith: Seven Practices for a New We

Jesus’s vision of the kingdom is so beautiful, so surprising, and so hopeful. This week, I hope you’ll join me in practicing Jesus’s prayer every day and let the kingdom of God infiltrate your desire.

A quick update first…

Last week, the United Arab Emirates Embassy in Ethiopia invited me to speak at their Human Fraternity Webinar. The topic was how faith can foster a culture of tolerance, solidarity, and cooperation in Ethiopia and around the world. Human Fraternity webinar with Andrew DeCort hosted by the United Arab Emirates Embassy in Ethiopia

This was a very timely conversation... Read More

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Hallowed | Radical Reverence De-weaponizes God

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Dear friends,

This week I’m delighted to share an excerpt from chapter two of Flourishing on the Edge of Faith.

This section faces head-on what’s at stake in the second line of Jesus’s prayer: the human tendency to weaponize God. In response, Jesus teaches us to pray “Hallowed be your name.” I call this a practice of radical reverence, and here’s the heart of it:

Quotation from Andrew DeCort's book Flourishing on the Edge of Faith

I warmly invite you to practice Jesus’s prayer every day in 2023, and I’d be thrilled if Flourishing could accompany your journey. It’s available at BitterSweetBooks, Audible, Kindle, Barnes & Noble, and all major booksellers.

Two quick updates before the excerpt below:

First, warm thanks to Lynn Dugan and her book club for starting 2023 with Flourishing. Their feedback was so encouraging, and I’m delighted the book’s study guide (Appendix 3) is making it so easy to discuss. If you’re part of a small group, consider reading Flourishing together in 2023... Read More

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Podcast Interview: Flourishing on the Edge of Faith

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Dear friends,

How do we flourish with an embodied faith in an age of disenchantment, doubt, anxiety, and conflict?

This is one the key questions at the heart of my recent interview with Zach Elliott about my new book Flourishing on the Edge of Faith. If you’ve been wondering why I wrote this book and what it’s really about, this is a great place to start. Lily loved it 🙂

Zach always makes me feel so at home on “Life and Beauty: The Podcast” and asks such refreshingly honest, insightful questions. Together we explore doubt, the embodied nature of Jesus’s prayer, the epidemic of othering in society today, and how praying with Jesus is a powerful, healing practice for flourishing in the midst of anxiety, addictions to control, and polarization.

I thoroughly enjoyed this conversation, and I hope you’ll listen in. Look for LAB: The Podcast Episode 125 wherever you listen to podcasts, including on Apple Podcasts and Spotify Podcasts... Read More

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“Our Father” | An Invitation to Flourishing

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Dear friends,

Last week, I invited you to join me in practicing Jesus’s prayer every day in 2023. Jesus promises us that our lives come home and flourish when we practice his words (Matthew 7:24).

This week, I’m delighted to share an excerpt from Flourishing on the Edge of Faith about the first moment in Jesus’s prayer: “Our Father.” This is where our flourishing begins and always comes home. I call it a practice of divine belovedness.

If you’d like a companion as you pray with Jesus, Flourishing is available from all major booksellers around the world, including:

If you enjoy Flourishing, kindly give it a 5-star rating and brief review on Amazon and/or your favorite online book platform? This will help more people discover it, and I’d be so grateful.

Thank you for joining me in practicing flourishing with Jesus in 2023!

May you flourish,

Andrew

 

“You Are My Beloved Child”

Jesus’s invitation to call God our Father is rooted in perhaps the most intimate, important moment of his own life – a moment that he invites us to share with him in prayer... Read More

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An Invitation to Flourishing on the Edge of Faith

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Dear friends,

I have an invitation for you.

I want to invite you to begin each day of 2023 with a simple spiritual practice. It’s the brilliant prayer that Jesus taught his students at the beginning of his public movement. Jesus promised that anyone who practices these words will flourish (Matthew 7:24).

I’ve practiced Jesus’s prayer for many years. And I’ve found that it’s a powerful exercise for a delightful, sustaining, fierce flourishing. Praying with Jesus has so inspired me that I wrote Flourishing on the Edge of Faith as an accessible reintroduction to Jesus’s spiritual practice for our time. I believe it’s the key to the beautiful life that Jesus himself embodied and promises us still today.

When we allow its water to sink deep into every area of our lives, this prayer irrigates an integrated human maturity in us. Our deepest desires and greatest fears, our highest hopes and most intimate vulnerabilities are reconnected. Our roots go deep into nourishing ground-waters, our lives begin to open, and a fruitful flowering bursts out of us... Read More

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Servus! A Path for 2023

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Dear friends,

Last summer, back in 2022 (!), my dear friend Matthew led me and his kids on a breathtaking hike through the Austrian Alps. As we navigated the mountains, I kept hearing the few hikers that we met on the path cheerfully saying a greeting to us. But I couldn’t understand the word.

As we hiked on, Matthew explained that they were saying, “Servus!” The greeting goes back to the old Latin word for “servant” and essentially means, “I’m here to serve you.” The mountains are treacherous, so this simple greeting lets you know that you’re not alone. Others are also on the path and ready to help you if you are in need.

I got Covid two weeks before our hike, and it took a toll on my body. I hadn’t felt that much excruciating physical pain and raw exhaustion for many years. Nevertheless, Matthew and I had planned this hike for months, and I didn’t want to cancel... Read More

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Faith leaders gather for small-group dialogue at the "Faith in the Story" conference at Notre Dame

Christmas Is for All the Wrong People

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Dear friends,

I hope you’re heading into a restful and meaningful Christmas. If you’re looking for an orienting companion over the holidays or a last-minute gift, keep Flourishing on the Edge of Faith in mind. International friends, kindly place orders using your favorite local book store or Amazon.

Last week, I visited the University of Notre Dame for the “Faith in the Story” conference. It was a special gift to speak about the Neighbor-Love Movement among pioneering academics, journalists, and spiritual leaders. Together we looked toward 2050 and explored where faith might be leading humanity.

On one of our breaks, I visited the campus’s astonishing Christian cathedral. It had golden altars, towering ceilings, and relics from around the world. It was a palace stunning in size and sheer opulence.

Golden altar of the Sacred Heart Cathedral at the University of Notre Dame

But I felt nothing.

In fact, I felt a strange sense of alarm and urgency to leave the church. Despite its soaring architecture, I felt far from Jesus and almost like my spirit was suffocating... Read More

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Chicago Book Launch: Thank You!!!

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Dear friends,

Sunday was an extremely special day: Flourishing on the Edge of Faith was launched out into the world for the very first time in public!

If you weren’t able to make it or you’d like to revisit the conversation, the event is now available on YouTube. Special thanks to Eric Hoskins for streaming the event live on Facebook and for the 1,200 friends who joined us across the world!

If you’d prefer to read, I’ll include a transcript of the conversation at the bottom of this newsletter with some pictures. If you took pictures, kindly upload them here to help us remember the day 🙂 Big thanks to David Johnson and Lauren Gross Frye for sharing your beautiful pictures!

We had a packed house, and I want to warmly thank the numerous friends – many long-enduring and some just-met – who joined us to make this day so full of joy! Gathering with you was a waterfall of encouragement to my spirit and vocation as a writer... Read More

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Neighbor-Love: The Course

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Jesus’s Grandmas: The Most Hopeful Untold Christmas Story

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Dear friends,

I’m excited to share my new Christmas essay with you. Before that, three quick announcements:

  • My book launch party is on Sunday at Wheaton College at 2:30pm CST. If you’re in the area, please RSVP and join us!
  • The event will also be streamed live on my Facebook page. (For friends in Ethiopia, that will be 11:30pm.)
  • Flourishing on the Edge of Faith is now officially available at BitterSweet and Amazon. The audiobook will be released soon!

I hope to see you Sunday! Now back to Christmas…

I’m a shameless lover of Christmas. I love the music, the movies, the trees, lights, and cookies. But I confess that remembering the birth of Jesus feels extra special to me this year.

In its unchanging simplicity and infinite mystery, this is what Christmas is all about: God wants relationship with us.

In fact, God so deeply desires relationship with us that God became one of us. Jesus’s biographer Matthew captures the meaning of this holy birth in a single word: Jesus is “Emmanuel” or “God-with-us” (Matthew 1:23)... Read More

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Tears and Laughter: Flourishing on the Edge of Faith Is Born!

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Dear friends,

When was the last time you cried?

I spent the weekend at Laity Lodge for the Breaking Ground retreat and got to share breakfast with a beautiful man named Alfonso. Alfonso has a kind face and warm presence punctuated with laughter. He leads a palliative care center called Silverstone to help people at the end of life die with dignity and hope. As we started talking, Alfonso asked me this unexpected question: “Andrew, when was the last time you cried?”

His question took me by surprise but touched my soul. When I was teaching at Wheaton College, I used to ask my philosophy students this question on the first day of class. (Their responses were voluntary, privately written, and kept confidential.) One of my student’s answers moved me so deeply that I invited him to meet for a meal in the cafeteria to talk about his life. This began one of Lily’s and my most cherished friendships, which continues to this day... Read More

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Book Launch Party: You’re Invited!

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Dear friends,

My beloved wife Lily is generously hosting a launch party for my new book Flourishing on the Edge of Faith.

The party is at Wheaton College on Sunday December 4th at 2:30pm, and it’s my pleasure to extend Lily’s invitation to you below. As Lily says in her letter, I realize that many of you are distant from the Chicago area. But I wanted to make sure that all of you feel warmly invited to celebrate with us. I’ll let you know if streaming the event online becomes possible.

This will be the first gathering where the book will be available for purchase, and it would be a special privilege to sign your copy and express my gratitude for you going on this journey with me toward a fiercer flourishing.

If you are able to join us, kindly RSVP here at your earliest convenience. I’ll turn it over to Lily now and hope to see you at the party!.. Read More

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Sneak Peak: Download the Preface to Flourishing on the Edge of Faith

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Dear friends,

Flourishing on the Edge of Faith

I’m delighted to share happy news: Flourishing on the Edge of Faith is at the printing press and should be available for purchase before Thanksgiving later this month. I hope this book is a meaningful companion for you and a beautiful gift for friends during the Christmas season. To receive release updates, kindly signup here.

Today I’m excited to share Flourishing‘s Preface with you. It’s only four pages long, but it articulates why this book matters to me and who was in my heart as I wrote it. My deepest desire for Flourishing is not so much to “influence” the reader but to make the reader feel at home and invited into a deeper flourishing through a fresh immersion in Jesus’s practice of prayer. Download the Preface here and let me know what you think.

Lastly, Lily is brainstorming a book launch party for friends in Chicagoland. If you’re in the area or feel inspired to make a special visit, please stay tuned for details... Read More

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Interview With a Heroic Surgeon Amidst Ethiopia’s Civil War

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Dear friends,

This Friday – November 4 – will mark two years since Ethiopia’s civil war erupted. Ukraine has rightly captured the world’s attention. But the world’s deadliest war continues to rage in Ethiopia and has been largely overlooked by the world.

To mark the second anniversary of Ethiopia’s civil war, I want to invite you to do three things below: (1) watch a short video with an inspiring call for peace, (2) pray for peace in Ethiopia, and (3) read an interview that I did with a heroic Ethiopian surgeon in the heart of the war. This should only take you fifteen minutes.

But first a brief update on the conflict:

Last week, the main parties in Ethiopia’s civil war – the Ethiopian federal government and the Tigray regional government – met for the first time to start formal peace talks in South Africa. This was an encouraging step in the right direction.

Sadly, however, the primary representative from the Ethiopian government never showed up, and the fighting in Tigray continued throughout the talks. .. Read More

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When Vulnerability Meets Vulnerability

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Dear friends,

What does vulnerability feel like to you?

For me, vulnerability at its best feels like the intersection of frightening self-exposure and soul-filling connection. The self-exposure is frightening because it opens the possibility of being rejected, humiliated, or simply ignored.

But the self-exposure, however frightening, can lead to soul-filling connection precisely because we’ve taken the risk of opening ourselves and revealing something intimately important to us. When we do this, we invite others to respond in kind with their own vulnerability.

And when vulnerability meets vulnerability, something divine happens.

I’ve experienced this in a new way as I prepare to share Flourishing on the Edge of Faith with the world. This book has been gestating in my heart for several years, and I’ve poured my soul into every word. It’s intimately important to me. Flourishing on the Edge of Faith

But after the book was written, I wasn’t done. I then faced that scary moment of self-exposure: I needed to share the book with reviewers and ask for their honest assessment of its value... Read More

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Flourishing’s Final Cover Is Here!

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Dear friends,

Thanks so much for voting for the cover of my forthcoming book Flourishing on the Edge of Faith. You had an overwhelming favorite, and I’m delighted to reveal the book’s final front cover with you today:

Flourishing on the Edge of Faith

The seven artworks in this beautiful collage were created by Holly Harris, and each piece illustrates one of the seven practices in Jesus’s prayer. Special thanks to Holly for these stunning original works, which she sketched, hand-carved into linoleum, rolled with ink, and pressed for my book.

At the very beginning of his public movement, Jesus taught a wildly diverse crowd of people a seven-part prayer. I believe this prayer distills the essence of Jesus’s entire spirituality into a daily meditation. I also believe it’s the secret to the beautiful way that Jesus lived, died, and lived again.

Flourishing on the Edge of Faith is about these seven practices, how they’re connected, and how practicing them every day can re-integrate us into a mature human flourishing... Read More

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Lily: This Is a Love Story

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Dear friends,

Tomorrow is Lily’s birthday, and I want to celebrate her infinitely precious life by sharing part of our love story with you. Thanks for sharing my joy; I hope our love story reenergizes yours.

In 2007, I made an unusual choice that changed my life: I dropped out of my M.A. program at the University of Chicago. I missed Ethiopia deeply, and I felt called to move back there for the third time. So I consulted with my mentors, met with Dean Owens, and did it.

On the way, I attended a thrilling philosophy seminar at the University of Paris taught by Professor Jean-Luc Marion. The seminar was thrilling to me for three reasons. First, Professor Marion was one of the most respected philosophers in the world and someone I deeply admired. Second, I was the only MA student accepted into this exclusive PhD seminar. And, third, it was Paris – with a course focused on selfhood and the meaning of love... Read More

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Many Many Colors: The Ethical Vision of James Baldwin

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Dear friends,

Thank you very much for voting on the cover options for my new book Flourishing on the Edge of Faith. 66% of you had a clear preference 🙂 I’m excited for the final cover to be revealed and the pre-order link to go public in the coming weeks.

Stop & Think this week is significantly longer and heftier than usual, but I’m thrilled to share this essay with you, and I hope you wade through it.

Last week marked a special milestone in my life and ongoing education: I finally finished studying all 850 pages of James Baldwin’s Collected Essays (New York: Library of America, 1998).

 

 

I highly recommend this volume. But if you don’t have time to read through it yourself,  I hope my essay helpfully distills Baldwin’s powerful ethical vision and highlights some of his most luminous lines. You don’t want to miss him.

If you don’t have time to read the full essay, explore a few of the highlighted quotes below... Read More

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Help Me Pick My New Book’s Cover!

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Dear friends,

Your opinion matters to me. Flourishing on the Edge of Faith is coming out in November, and I’d be thrilled if you’d help me choose its cover 🙂

Obi Okolo, BitterSweet’s brilliant designer, has given us some beautiful options. Click here and let me know your favorite! The poll takes less than thirty seconds and closes after the first 100 submissions, so hurry and let your voice be heard!

I can’t wait to share this book with you. Thanks for weighing in!

Yours with gratitude and anticipation,

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A Prayer to Heal War

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Dear friends,

Last week, I chatted with one of the most prominent politicians in Ethiopia. I asked him, “If you could use only three words to describe where Ethiopia is heading, what would they be?”

His answer was extremely sobering. He replied, “Syria on steroids.”

The day after Ethiopia’s civil war erupted in November 2020, the U.S. Institute of Peace published this statement: “The fragmentation of Ethiopia would be the largest state collapse in modern history… would lead to mass interethnic and interreligious conflict… would overshadow any existing conflict in the region, including Yemen.”

At the time, defenders of the war ridiculed this statement as nonsense designed to defame Ethiopia. They insisted that the war wasn’t even a “war” and that this surgical “law enforcement operation” would end quickly and secure Ethiopia’s “prosperity.”

But almost two years later, the bitter truth has become undeniable: this war is mass-producing human suffering and super-charging hate. It has only led to catastrophic displacement, death, destruction, and famine... Read More

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A New Beginning: BitterSweet Books

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Dear Friends,

On Friday morning, I opened an email that sent a river of grateful joy flowing through me.

The email was titled “Something New from BitterSweet,” and its message announced the launch of BitterSweet Books, with yours truly as its first author.

Kate Schmidgall founded BitterSweet in 2009 with the mission of telling stories from around the world that Reject Cynicism, Defy Apathy, and Celebrate Good. In the face of a news cycle that glues us to spectacle, violence, and despair, Kate wanted to help us cultivate an alternative imagination for our lives and world.

For over a decade now, Kate and her BitterSweet team have been pursuing this intrepid, prophetic mission with exceptional excellence, elegance, and kindness. From the beginning, I’ve thought of BitterSweet’s work as a healing vision therapy. Their stories shift who we pay attention to, how we see people, and what we believe is possible for our world. Kate has now published over a hundred stories featuring the work of nonprofits that celebrate good in seemingly every context... Read More

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Interview with Stan Grant

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Dear friends,

I hope you’re having a refreshing summer.

Stop & Think has taken a pause as I’ve been on a wonderful 40-day journey throughout Europe. After a nasty bout of Covid and a breathtaking hike in the Alps, two joyous weddings, three book recording sessions, five countries, seven reunions, and countless conversations, I’m home. Thank you to so many dear friends for your generous hospitality.

This week I’m sharing my recent interview with Stan Grant on his Religion and Ethics Report for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Grant is one of Australia’s leading journalists and has interviewed many inspiring moral leaders and philosophers, including Nelson Mandela and Charles Taylor.

I was humbled that Grant asked to interview me about my article in Foreign Policy on Christian nationalism in Ethiopia. Our interview is titled “How Religion and Violence Are Shaping Ethiopia Today,” and you can listen to it here.

I hope this brief conversation enriches your awareness of what’s happening in Ethiopia and how we can practice the ethic of neighbor-love in this challenging time... Read More

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My Article in Foreign Policy: “Christian Nationalism Is Tearing Ethiopia Apart”

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Dear friends,

On June 18th, Foreign Policy published my article “Christian Nationalism Is Tearing Ethiopia Apart.” Publishing this article brought a collision of gratitude and grief in my life.

 

On the one hand, I was deeply grateful, because I believe this article compellingly addresses an urgently important but untouchable problem in Ethiopian society: Christian nationalism. I have been inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King’s words, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” And so I chose to break the silence.

Foreign Policy is one of the largest and most respected platforms in the world. Publishing with FP gave my article the best possible chance of being read widely and taken seriously. FP generously published it on the top of their front page, and a week later, my article was still trending on FP’s top seven list. The article has been shared thousands of times on social media and is generating lots of conversation... Read More

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Peniel: The Gift of Lily

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Dear friends,

Warm greetings from southern Maine.

Lily is my Peniel, the Face of God in human form, and I want to tell you a story about why I see her this way.

Last year on October 6, I took a walk down the street I love most in the world. Hills Beach Road is a quiet lane on a tiny peninsula in southern Maine. It juts out into the Atlantic Ocean with stunning view on either side. The air is fragrant with pine trees, beach roses, lilac bushes, seaweed, and ocean salt. The sounds you hear are gentle waves, lovely birdsong, and the friendly greeting of neighbors. Every inch for me is suffused with sacred memories from my childhood. (The picture below is from a walk with my mom on Hills Beach Road in 2019.)

On my walk last October, I made my way to some rocks overlooking the bay and a beautiful island. The waves lapping at my feet set a peaceful rhythm, and I hit “call.”.. Read More

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Podcast: How Do We Love Our Enemies?

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Dear friends,

Warm greetings from beautiful Maine! Lily and I are here to celebrate my 39th birthday (May 28) and our 12th wedding anniversary (July 8). I’m so grateful for Lily’s relentless love since the first day we met. She’s my teacher, healer, and gift from heaven.

This week I’m sharing a live conversation about loving our enemies that I recently recorded with Telos Group. Telos is a peacemaking organization that has profoundly impacted my life. I deeply respect their work and am so honored that they invited me to join this conversation. I heartily encourage you to learn more about Telos and participate in their work.

Telos said they were “blown away” by this conversation, and I hope you enjoy it. To listen, please click here.

Happy (early) anniversary, Lily!

Andrew

 

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