I believe in God and seek to follow the Crucified and Risen One because of some things and in spite of others. The primary because of is that God is revealed in thereness as loving and can be sufficiently known, which in turn allows me to be known and loved, resulting in true knowledge. This because of compels me to explore the dynamiotics of redemption and the power of life over death. The primary in spite of is that God appears to be distant and at times entirely absent from the world. This in spite of requires that I be attuned to the rhythms of being in community with God and be patient in the midst of the unresolved, while I search for a response. For spirituality this means that there is a tension filled complexity, where the because of and in spite of are in dialogue in the ebb and flow of life. Instead of running away from this truism, it is to be embraced and lived.