November 19, 2017

Archives for September 2011

Third Quarter Listening Report

Here we are at the end of September already, and it is time to give my reviews of some of the popular music that was released during this third quarter of 2011. As I say in each of these posts, I don’t have the resources to check out a lot of music, so I generally […]

Fullness and a Future

Ordinary Time Bible Study 2011 The Book of Ruth (12, conclusion) All the people who were at the gate and the elders replied, “We are witnesses. May the Lord make the woman who is entering your home like Rachel and Leah, both of whom built up the house of Israel! May you prosper in Ephrathah […]

My Secret Place

Dear Chaplain Mike, I am really excited for your sabbatical, though the thought of filling your shoes, even for a month, is rather daunting. I will do my best not to drive away too many readers in your absence. And I am really excited you can spend a week on retreat at once of my […]

The Feast of Michaelmas

For those of you whose name is Michael (or Michelle), congratulations!  Your patronal feast day is 29th September, the Dedication of St. Michael the Archangel.  This feast also honoured all the other angels as well (under the name of the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels) up to the start of the 17th century […]

Looking forward to “Sabbath”

If there is no Sabbath — no regular and commanded not-working, not-talking — we soon become totally absorbed in what we are doing and saying, and God’s work is either forgotten or marginalized. When we work we are most god-like, which means that it is in our work that it is easier to develop god-pretensions. […]

Open Mic: A New “Emerging” Church

CM: I’m sorry I haven’t been able to moderate as closely as I’d hoped today. I’m going to close the comments. I think we’ve covered this enough for now. I’m more convinced than ever that we as Christians are going to have to learn to talk about issues like this in more loving and helpful ways. We’ll […]

The Merton Prayer

One of the books I will be reading and meditating upon during my sabbatical is Thomas Merton’s Thoughts In Solitude. A well-known passage from this book has been called, “The Merton Prayer” (see below). This prayer acknowledges that, despite our human tendency to think we know what life is about and how we can manage […]

Key Themes in Merton

I’ve been reading William H. Shannon’s fine book, Thomas Merton: An Introduction, as a way to begin knowing the famous monk better for myself. Shannon wrote this for folks who have little or no acquaintance with Merton, with the intent to show that his life and writings can still speak powerfully to people today. Along […]

Pope Benedict on Common Ground and Present Challenges

Yesterday, we noted the historic meetings the Pope has been having with his Lutheran brethren in Germany. In his address to representative of the Evangelical Church, Pope Benedict XVI expresses his appreciation for Martin Luther, particularly his focus on the most fundamental questions of God, sin, and how human beings can know the grace of […]

A Call For Revolution

It was their sixth annual show, billed as Fight Night VI. The card featured twelve fights, each one three rounds, with each round lasting only one minute. Fighters wore sixteen ounce gloves, but also headgear. The referee had officiated many amateur bouts before. And at the end of this Wednesday night circus event at a […]