November 20, 2017

Archives for June 2017

Fridays with Damaris: Literature and Empathy

Literature and Empathy By Damaris Zehner In May of 1998, my husband, three daughters, and I – pregnant with our fourth – moved to Kyrgyzstan.  We went with a non-denominational mission agency and planned to develop a business in one of the most remote areas.  We had many reasons for taking our family overseas to […]

Minds, Brains, Souls, and Gods: A Conversation of Faith, Psychology and Neuroscience – Part 8, Chapters 15-19.

Minds, Brains, Souls, and Gods: A Conversation of Faith, Psychology and Neuroscience – Part 8, Chapters 15-19 We continue the series on the book, Minds, Brains, Souls and Gods: A Conversation on Faith, Psychology and Neuroscience .  Today Part 9, Chapters 15-19, the rest of the book: Does Neuropsychology Have Anything to Offer Pyschotherapy and Counseling? […]

Ordinary Time Bible Study: Philippians – Friends in the Gospel (2)

Ordinary Time Bible Study Philippians: Friends in the Gospel Study Two This commentary takes the…view: that the letter as it has come down to us makes sense as a [single] letter, written by Paul, probably from Rome in the early 60s, to his longtime friends and compatriots in the gospel who lived in Philippi, a Roman […]

The Revival of Civil Religion

Here is an announcement from the website of First Baptist Dallas. Their pastor, Robert Jeffress, has been one of evangelical Christianity’s prime cheerleaders for President Trump throughout the past election year and since. • • • President Donald J. Trump to Join Pastor Robert Jeffress in Honoring Veterans at the Kennedy Center for the ‘Celebrate Freedom’ Concert […]

Wisdom for Ordinary Time: Eugene Peterson on Leviticus 19:18

During Ordinary Time this year, I am reading and meditating on Eugene Peterson’s new book, As Kingfishers Catch Fire: A Conversation on the Ways of God Formed by the Words of God. This book captures sermons from Peterson’s twenty-nine years as a pastor in Bel Air, Maryland. Today, Peterson’s sermon focuses on Leviticus 19:18 — “You […]

2nd Sunday after Trinity: Cantata & Pic of the Week

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • Internet Monk has often noted the absence of lament in much of American church culture. Today, we present an example of a Bach chorus of lament from his cantata “Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein” (O God, Look Down from Heaven). It seems, when lamenting, we humans are wont to […]

The IM Saturday Brunch: June 24, 2017

THE INTERNET MONK SATURDAY BRUNCH ”It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.” It is the first weekend of summer, and what fun I’m having here in . . . rainy Indiana. Groan! Oh, […]

Fridays with Damaris: Another Look – The Myth of Autonomy

The Myth of Autonomy By Damaris Zehner Americans take for granted, even idealize, the ideal of personal autonomy. Many Americans believe that autonomy is achievable and that it’s the most honorable lifestyle there is.  They believe that people are autonomous individuals.  Even if I’m not as autonomous as I should be, because I lack courage […]

Minds, Brains, Souls, and Gods: A Conversation of Faith, Psychology and Neuroscience – Part 7, Chapter 14: Does God Guide and Direct Us?

Minds, Brains, Souls, and Gods: A Conversation of Faith, Psychology and Neuroscience – Part 7, Chapter 14: Does God Guide and Direct Us? We continue the series on the book, Minds, Brains, Souls and Gods: A Conversation on Faith, Psychology and Neuroscience. Today Part 8, Chapter 14: Does God Guide and Direct Us? Jeeves student […]

Ordinary Time Bible Study: Philippians – Friends in the Gospel (1)

Ordinary Time Bible Study Philippians: Friends in the Gospel Study One Ask any number of people to name their favorite Pauline letter, and the majority will say Philippians. For good reason. Whereas we meet an erudite Paul in Romans, a bombastic Paul in Galatians, a sometimes caustic Paul in 2 Corinthians and a sometimes baffling […]