Thinking tonight about how vitally important religion is for so many people in this world. All of the great traditions have sheltered so many hurting and afraid people for thousands of years. This is worth remembering when we feel the (rightful) need to tear it down or take it apart in pursuit of truth, beauty, and love.

In that, I think I’m wondering if and how religion can be seen as a bed of flowers to be weeded as opposed to a few flowers to be picked out of a bed of weeds. Thoughts?

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@vishnu I heard that in the 70’s when John Wimber, the founder of the Vineyard Movement, was asked about the gifts of the Holy Spirit and “Charismania” he responded, “just because the tree has a wild branch doesn’t mean you cut down the tree. Just trim the branch.”

That quote has stuck with me for over 10 years. I also love that Jesus used so many gardening and agriculture parables.

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