April 1, 2015

Death Letter, part four: Hope and Healing

We live in a Good Friday world, but we are an Easter People. • • • This is our final installment of reflections on David W. Peters’ memoir, Death Letter: God, Sex, and War. Peters served as a battalion chaplain in Fort Hood, Texas from 2004-2007, which included a deployment to Iraq in 2006. After Iraq he also […]

Death Letter, part three: A caged animal in an invisible cage

We continue our reflections on David W. Peters’ memoir of his experiences as a military and hospital chaplain called, Death Letter: God, Sex, and War. Peters served as a battalion chaplain in Fort Hood, Texas from 2004-2007, which included a deployment to Iraq in 2006. After Iraq he also served as a chaplain clinician in the amputee, […]

Death Letter, part two: In love and war, all’s unfair

We continue our reflections on David W. Peters’ memoir of his experiences as a military and hospital chaplain called, Death Letter: God, Sex, and War. Peters served as a battalion chaplain in Fort Hood, Texas from 2004-2007, which included a deployment to Iraq in 2006. After Iraq he also served as a chaplain clinician in the amputee, […]

Death Letter, part one

Sometime, somewhere in Iraq, I died. . . . For my brothers and sisters I will record the events that led to my death and the death of the God who was on our side in love and war. • David W. Peters • • • As a hospice chaplain, my work is done mostly in […]

IM Book Review: Rumours of Glory – Part 1: My Journey with Bruce

Rumours of Glory: A Memoir Bruce Cockburn Harper and Collins 2014 Over the next several Fridays, I will be delving into Bruce Cockburn’s memoir: Rumours of Glory. For those who do not know Bruce or his music, here is a quick overview taken from the publisher’s summary. Legendary Canadian singer and songwriter Bruce Cockburn delivers […]

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 […]