April 30, 2016

Sundays in Easter with Henri Nouwen: April 17, 2016

Sundays in Easter with Henri Nouwen On the Eucharistic Life On the remaining Sundays in Eastertide, we will provide some brief readings from Henri Nouwen on the eucharistic life. Our main source will be Nouwen’s book, With Burning Hearts: A Meditation on the Eucharistic Life. In the book’s introduction, Henri Nouwen tells why he wrote […]

Easter II: Lee Camp on “The Politics of Easter”

I saw this referenced and quoted over at Jesus Creed, and it is too good to not repeat. The following is from an article at the Huffington Post called, “The Politics of Easter,” by Lee C. Camp, professor of theology at Lipscomb University. Christianity is often misunderstood, and often misunderstood by the “believers.” Easter is a […]

Crux probat omnia

I have begun reading Fleming Rutledge’s outstanding new book, The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ, just in time for Good Friday. She notes that the contemporary church tends to neglect the crucifixion in favor of emphasizing the resurrection. This cannot be done! Rutledge insists upon “the unique significance of the crucifixion at the heart of […]

Pete Enns on trusting our beliefs more than trusting God

One of the books I’m anticipating most in 2016 in Peter Enns’s The Sin of Certainty: Why God Desires Our Trust More Than Our “Correct” Beliefs, due out in early April. I believe it will be a great gift to those with the courage to question. For several years now, Pete has been on a journey, […]

Black & White Bible, Black & Blue Wife: Ruth Tucker’s Story

He dwelleth wyth his wyfe according to knowledge, that taketh her as a necessary helper, and not as a bonde servante, or a bonde slave. And yf she be not obedient and healpful unto hym, endeavoureth to beate the feare of God into her heade, that thereby she maye be compelled to learne her dutie, […]

Lent III: Richard Rohr on Merton and a Life of Contradictions

Lent III Richard Rohr on Merton and a Life of Contradictions On Sundays in Lent this year I’m sharing some things I’ve been learning from Richard Rohr. Lent (Spring) is such a time of contradictions! Yesterday we were in northern Indiana, where a foot of snow had fallen a few days before. Large piles of plowed […]

Epiphany V: An Introduction to Lent by Mark D. Roberts

A reader wrote this week and asked for basic information about Ash Wednesday and the Lenten season. I couldn’t think of a better introduction than this piece by Mark D. Roberts, who blogs at Patheos. • • • How Lent Can Make a Difference in Your Relationship with God by Rev. Dr. Mark D. Roberts […]

Epiphany IV: God, everywhere present, filling all things

Epiphany IV God, everywhere present, filling all things Today, words from Fr. Stephen Freeman on the “one-storey universe.” That is, he is talking, from an Orthodox perspective, about the sacramental nature of reality. As the Apostle Paul said in Athens: The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of […]

Adam McHugh: A resolution to listen to the seasons

A resolution to listen to the seasons Adapted from The Listening Life: Embracing Attentiveness in a World of Distraction, by Adam McHugh • • • In Southern California seasons are largely a state of mind. Annual weather patterns here follow the retail calendar: we have summer, and we have Christmas. If you close your eyes […]

Nouwen: With Open Hands (1)

I would like to take a few days to discuss some ideas on prayer from Henri Nouwen’s book, With Open Hands. Before we begin, I would encourage you, if possible, to get a copy. It is available for only $0.99 on Kindle right now if you have the ability to read ebooks. Click on the […]