September 21, 2014

Lisa Dye: Fellowship of the Book

 The union of the Word and the Mind produces that mystery which is called Life… • Joseph Addison • • • A few nights ago I sat reading a book by Thomas Merton. It was The Ascent to Truth to be exact. Suddenly, I came across a passage that made me weep. The reaction seemed […]

Unholy Busyness

Unholy Busyness by Lisa Dye Now I am saying this for your own benefit, not to put a restraint on you, but because of what is proper and so that you may be devoted to the Lord without distraction. — 1 Corinthians 7:35 My mother-in-law is 90 years old, works two part-time jobs, prays daily […]

Lisa Dye: Succession Is For Us Too

Succession Is For Us Too By Lisa Dye “We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.” —The Nicene Creed I remember standing in my old Presbyterian church as a girl, feeling the cool stone floors under my feet and smelling the polished wood of the pews. I admired the gothic architecture, the stone interior, […]

Lisa Dye: The Fruitfulness of Contingency

The Fruitfulness of Contingency by Lisa Dye “Christ is contingency … faith in God is, finally, faith in change.” – Christian Wiman * * * Recently, on a sunny Saturday morning … the kind that sparkles and makes you feel happy to be alive … I gathered the strawberries and rhubarb growing in my garden […]

Lisa Dye: Hanging Up My Magic Wand

“The results of prayer are not dependent upon the powers of the one who prays…”  - O. Hallesby  My family will tell you that in my moments of extreme helplessness and frustration, I have been prone in the past to stamp my foot. Very little girlish, I know. Fortunately, the foot stamping has not been […]

Making Belief Believable

“And there is … a type of modern man who can neither believe nor contain himself in unbelief and who searches desperately, feeling about in all experience for the lost God.” —Flannery O’Connor, Mystery and Manners At Thanksgiving, some of us were sitting around discussing the crazy reality shows we’d watched recently. Naked and Afraid […]

Thoughts on the Godhead — Part Two

“Veiled in flesh the Godhead see, hail the incarnate Deity …” —Charles Wesley   On the surface, my last essay was a vacation narrative. Metaphorically, it was a picture (albeit inadequate) of what it is like to diligently seek after Holy God and to try to know him. Every foray, however purposeful and strenuous it […]

Thoughts on the Godhead — Part One

“There is something exceedingly improving to the mind in a contemplation of the Divinity. It is a subject so vast, that all our thoughts are lost in its immensity; so deep, that our pride is drowned in its infinity … nothing will so magnify the whole soul of man … Then go, plunge yourself in […]

The Homily

“Oh, how I love your law. I meditate on it all day long.”— Psalm 119:97 “So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith.”—Galatians 3:24 These days, the “Law” is almost a dirty word among Christians, particularly those who’ve been around for a while and […]

Doxology in Darkness

“… to give thanks in a state of interior desolation, to trust in the love of God in the face of marvels, cruel circumstances, obscenities, and commonplaces of life is to whisper a doxology in darkness.” —Brennan Manning, Ruthless Trust Recently, I made an unexpected business trip with my husband. It was an unusual request […]