November 16, 2018

Archives for January 2018

Seeing with the Eyes of the Heart: Contemplative Photography (2)

Seeing with the Eyes of the Heart Contemplative Photography, part two With the help of  Christine Valters Paintner, author of Eyes of the Heart: Photography as a Christian Contemplative Practice, we are considering how photography can become a contemplative practice. In her first chapter, Paintner introduces us to a long mystical tradition which has understood […]

A Monk’s Manifesto (Abbey of the Arts)

Thanks to Abbey of the Arts (which I told you about in last week’s post on contemplative photography) for this manifesto. I wholeheartedly approve and commend it as a wise and Jesus-shaped path. You can sign the manifesto at the Abbey, and download a PDF copy for yourself. Monk: from the Greek monachos meaning single […]

I Refuse to Remain Unastonished: On Resurrection and Eternal Life (1)

I have a fear. It is expressed well by Gerhard Lohfink in his new book, Is This All There Is?: On Resurrection and Eternal Life — Because everything in this book is about my own questions, I have constantly struggled to find the right words. How can we speak responsibly today about death and resurrection, […]

Epiphany IV: Confronting the Very Stuff of This World

Sermon: Epiphany IV — Confronting the Very Stuff of This World Mark 1:21-28 They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was in their synagogue a […]

The Saturday Monks Brunch: January 27, 2018

Unfortunately, as I was beginning to prepare brunch today, I was called out and ended up being away until the wee hours. That means you’ll have to forage for your own brunch today in an open thread edition of our Saturday gathering. I only ask that you keep the discussion civil and constructive. You don’t […]

The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve (1)

On Fridays, I’ll be doing a series for several weeks on one of the books I received for Christmas, Stephen Greenblatt’s The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve. This book takes a different tack on the Adam and Eve story than other things we’ve looked at in the past. I’ve usually been most focused […]

Testing Scripture: A Scientist Explores the Bible- by John Polkinghorne, Chapter 5- Israel’s Bible

Testing Scripture: A Scientist Explores the Bible – by John Polkinghorne Chapter 5- Israel’s Bible Polkinghorne begins this chapter by noting that even though he believes that parts of the Old Testament convey deep truth in the form of symbolic story that in other parts God chose to reveal the divine nature through a particular […]

Seeing with the Eyes of the Heart: Contemplative Photography, part one

Seeing with the Eyes of the Heart Contemplative Photography, part one This past month has been a time focusing on extraordinary events in our life that revolve around relocating and getting settled into a new house. As a result, several things have gone by the wayside, including photography. I’m ready to charge up my camera’s […]

A Favorite Hymn: Lord of All Hopefulness

A Favorite Hymn Lord of All Faithfulness On Sunday, we sang one of my favorite hymns. It is sung to the tune “Slane,” an old Irish melody that also accompanies the hymn “Be Thou My Vision.” It describes an “ordinary day” of trusting Jesus and asking him to be with us through the course of […]

Another Look: A Long[er] Way from the Lake

Note from CM: Here is another take on yesterday’s Gospel text (though Matthew’s version), one I wrote a few years ago. If anything, my vocational path is clearer, but the “reinvention of one’s self” continues. And I certainly feel even older. The journey continues… • • • As Jesus walked along the shore of Lake […]