October 23, 2014

Eugene Peterson: An Invitation to the Story

As an aid to understanding the Scriptures, which he translated into the language of the German people, Martin Luther thought it important to provide prefaces to the various books in the Bible. You may recall that it was during the reading of one of these prefaces, years later, that John Wesley’s heart was “strangely warmed” […]

N.T. Wright: Authority and the Public Reading of Scripture

As part of my study during these weeks when we are discussing the nature and purpose of the Bible, I have been reading N.T. Wright’s illuminating book, Scripture and the Authority of God: How to Read the Bible Today. I particularly like his point that there is need to clarify what we mean when we […]

Creation Is a Many-Splendored Thing (4): The Whirlwind Creation Museum

The Whirlwind Creation Museum: an imaginary tour, inspired by ch. 5, “Behemoth and the Beagle,” from The Seven Pillars of Creation: The Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder, by William P. Brown, and ch. 12, “God of the Whirlwind,” from Death Before the Fall: Biblical Literalism and the Problem of Animal Suffering, by Ronald […]

Sunday Formation Talk: Work

Work joins prayer and sacred reading in an integrated and well balanced monastic life. • Fr. Charles Cummings For you know that you ought to imitate us. We were not idle when we were with you. We never accepted food from anyone without paying for it. We worked hard day and night so we would […]

Creation Is a Many-Splendored Thing (3): Genesis 2:4-3:24

If you’re wondering why I’m not using any Hubble telescope images for today’s creation post, it is because in The Seven Pillars of Creation: The Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder, William P. Brown calls the Bible’s second creation story, “The Drama of Dirt.” The transcendent, cosmic perspective of Genesis 1 changes when you turn […]

Sunday Formation Talk: Liturgical Prayer

Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous ordinances. • Psalm 119:164 Sacred reading, manual work, and liturgical prayer constitute the threefold footing of our daily life. • Fr. Charles Cummings • • • On this Lord’s Day, we continue our consideration of teachings from Fr. Charles Cummings’ book, Monastic Practices. We are […]

IM Book Review: What I Learned from Cancer

What I Learned from Cancer By Dennis Maione Prompters to Life / Winnipeg (September 19, 2014) • • • I very much doubt that the author of “What I Learned from Cancer”, Dennis Maione, remembers this, but we shared a house for six weeks. It was actually Dennis’ roommate Bazyl that I met first. In […]

Creation Is a Many Splendored Thing (2): Genesis 1:1-2:3

The Lord is king, he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed, he is girded with strength.He has established the world; it shall never be moved; your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting. • Psalm 93:1-2, NRSV As the Bible’s first creation account, Genesis 1 enjoys pride of place. Positioned as […]

Creation Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1)

Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn her seven pillars. • Proverbs 9:1 Though separated by over two and a half millennia, the authors of ancient Scripture and numerous scientists of today find themselves caught up in a world of abiding astonishment. • Brown, William P., The Seven Pillars of Creation • • • […]

My So-Called Evangelical Life (2)

In spite of the televangelism scandals and the failed presidential run of Pat Robertson, the evangelical right remained the political and cultural baseline for measuring the status of religion in American public life. The emergence of groups like Moral Majority, wrote theologian Richard John Neuhaus in the mid-1980s, “kicked a tripwire” in the ongoing church-state […]