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Welcome to the online world of Jon Carl Lewis: learned wordsmith, graphic designer, desktop publisher and urbancybermonk in training.

Someday  I’ll explain what all that means. But, for now, read more about me, where I’ve been, my inspirations and influences or enjoy the blog postings, below.

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Braveheart, Richard Rohr, and the Future of Evangelical Men

Great insight about a great man… and masculinity in general.

Ed Cyzewski: Author // Contemplative

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If you pulled me aside during my college years and asked me how the followers of a crucified religious leader ended up idolizing a military leader in Medieval Scotland as the pinnacle of manhood, character, and leadership, I probably would have thought you were just trying to start a fight. William Wallace, the Scottish military leader depicted in the film had everything a guy could want: charisma, character, convictions, and courage, just to name a few of his qualities that made him a favorite in the 1990’s evangelical male subculture.

I wasn’t necessarily immersed in the teachings of books like Wild at Heart or the more aggressive pastors who relied on military metaphors for their messages, but I had certainly spent enough time in the evangelical subculture to get the message: real men are tough fighters who fight…

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Braveheart, Richard Rohr, and the Future of Evangelical Men

Updates at joncarllewis.com! (06 July 2016)

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Photo © Catherine Cie Stroud Photography

Hello, good people! As promised, I have posted a page of selected memories of my wedding to Stephen A. Slusher. The page is full of links, and I encourage you to get to know the wealth of talent and creativity we have in our community and what rich connections we have amongst each other.

It is those connections which I remember most fondly as I look back on the wedding. The fact that the church was filled and the crypt was filled of people—all of which we knew and wished us well—was quite overwhelming.

So check out The Wedding of Stephen A. Slusher and Jon Carl Lewis. Please feel free to leave your own memories and reflections in the comments. I have greatly enjoyed hearing the reflections of others over the past couple of weeks, and I am glad to hear that this event wasn’t just about the two of us: it was about all of us as a beloved community.

Thanks again for going on this journey with me. Feel free to contact me through Facebook, follow me on Twitter @joncarllewis, or email me at joncarl.lewis@gmail.com. May God richly bless you as we explore this journey called life.

Updates at joncarllewis.com! (06 July 2016)

Updates at joncarllewis.com! (29 June 2016)

trenton-bridgeHello, again! Not much new to say, just wanted to let you all know that I did some more reminiscing and posted a brief outline with commentary about my life from 2005 through the present, which I’ve spent in Trenton, NJ. I gave the page the scintillating title of Jon Carl in Trenton. On the page, I talk about some of the places I’ve been and things I’ve done while living in New Jersey’s capital city. I cant believe its been over ten years, and I feel like I’m just getting settled in and finding my way.

For those of you who are new to this blog, I’ve decided to use joncarllewis.com as a space to reminisce and reflect on the wonderful journey that has been the half-century of my life. In the grand scheme of remembering the high points (and some low points) of my life, it looks like the game plan is to start with the present and move backwards into the midst of the murky past, pausing to reflect on moments of interest along the way.

Speaking of moments of interest, this coming week I’ll be posting a page of memories of our wedding. I’ll post a link in my update for next week. Until then, check out Jon Carl in Trenton.

Thanks again for going on this journey with me. Feel free to contact me through Facebook, follow me on Twitter @joncarllewis, or email me at joncarl.lewis@gmail.com. May God richly bless you as you explore this journey called life.

Updates at joncarllewis.com! (29 June 2016)

Updates at joncarllewis.com! (22 June 2016)

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Stephen A. Slusher (top) and Jon Carl Lewis, May 2016

It’s been a while, but I’ve finally made some changes to joncarllewis.com! I’ve added some of my personal history to the “Where I’ve been…” page and moved my blog posts to a “News & Updates” page.

Why this sudden flurry of activity?

Well, I just got married on 18 June 2016 and I realized how many wonderful people are in my life and how many wonderful experiences I’ve had that I want to recall and remember. And I’d like to do some of that recalling and remembering here.

The story is incomplete and patchy at the moment, but as time goes on, I’ll fill in the colors of the mosaic of my life at joncarllewis.com.

Thanks for coming along on the journey.

Updates at joncarllewis.com! (22 June 2016)

Homosexuality, Depression, And the Church

Good thoughts. I resonate somewhat with his experience.

S. Bradford Long

Depression has always been a part of my life – it has always been lurking in closets and under beds for me – but 2014 was the year it decided to come out in full force and pin me to the ground. My world – a world once teeming with social connections, creativity, and activity – collapsed in on itself. It was as if the atmosphere of my vibrant little world was sucked out by a passing planet, and I was left fighting for life.

Rider-waite

I am a gay Christian, raised in the conservative, Evangical Christian world. As a teenager and young adult, I grew up in the ex-gay world, where even just the identity of gay was considered sinful. After many years of struggle, I eventually came to an affirming position on homosexuality in 2013 at the age of 24. I also wrote a blog, called Sacred Tension, which engaged…

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The Feast of the Epiphany: reflections on the collect of the day (Jan 6)

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O God, by the leading of a star you manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know you now by faith, to your presence, where we may see your glory face to face; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

—Collect for the Feast of the Epiphany
from Collects: Contemporary, The Book of Common Prayer

There is a pause—albeit very slight, perhaps milliseconds—between the sparks which fly from the striking of a match and the bursting of the match into a full flame. So it is with the spark of the divine birth at Christmas, a relatively unheralded event witnessed by a few shepherds and animals, which took some time to burst into the flame of a star at the Epiphany, witnessing the recognition by the world that light had come into the darkness and a new era was about to begin.

Epiphany is about light. Light shining in darkness. The light of Christ sparking into human time and erupting into a flame which will not only beat back the darkness, but eventually engulf the world in the flames of its Holy Spirit. But there is time for a pause. There must be, because it takes time for our eyes to adjust to the light, to recognize its sudden presence in our world, and then to welcome the new warmth as a beneficial transformation of our lives.

In the cold and dark of the season, may this star erupt into your consciousness, coaxing you out of the shadows and into the full light of the wondrous, warming presence of Jesus Christ Our Lord.

The Feast of the Epiphany: reflections on the collect of the day (Jan 6)

The 2nd Sunday after Christmas Day: Reflections on the Collect

hb_1985.112.1O God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share our humanity, your Son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

—Collect for the Second Sunday after Christmas Day
from Collects:Contemporary, The Book of Common Prayer

The collect for the Second Sunday after Christmas Day is one of my favorite prayers, highlighting the full meaning of the Incarnation and, hence, the wisdom at the heart of the nativity on Christmas Day. We see that the occasion is not merely the birth of a cute little baby—even the birth of a baby into perilous circumstances—but the mystical joining of human and divine in a way that honors, vindicates and transforms our notions of human nature while holding out the promise of our being able to share in the divine life in our flesh. Continue reading “The 2nd Sunday after Christmas Day: Reflections on the Collect”

The 2nd Sunday after Christmas Day: Reflections on the Collect