January 24, 2017

Another Look: The Imagination of Faith

What part does imagination play in faith? Can “truth” be communicated through legend, folk tales, poetry, and music? Many Christmas songs have little to do with describing detailed historical facts. Instead, they evoke images from nature, the Biblical narratives, and the cultures from which they arise to help us not only understand but also feel the meaning and significance […]

Reformation Considerations: An Interview with William Sola

Note from CM: In the light of Reformation Day and the beginning of the year-long celebration of the Ref’s 500th anniversary, we will present some articles this week on Reformation themes. Michael Spencer, whose views about Protestantism and Catholicism developed and changed a great deal over the years of his writing, once said that the Reformation, […]

Another Look: A Long Pause from Impermanence

I hope no reader will suppose that “mere” Christianity is here put forward as an alternative to the creeds of the existing communions — as if a man could adopt it in preference to Congregationalism or Greek Orthodoxy or anything else. It is more like a hall out of which doors open into several rooms. If I […]

Prodigal Father

A sermon for the fourth Sunday in Lent, 2016 ❦ Text: Luke 15 There are words in our language that we seldom use. But we may identify them with one specific meaning or story, and whenever we hear the word, it brings that meaning or story to mind. One such term is the word, “prodigal.” I […]

A Parable of Wrestling

For your meditation and contemplation today, this parable told by Ron Rolheiser: In his autobiography, the renowned writer Nikos Kazantzakis shares a conversation he had with an old monk named Father Makários. Sitting with the saintly old man, Kazantzakis asked him: “Do you still wrestle with the devil, Father Makários?” The old monk reflected for […]

Reformation Week 2015 — David Lose on The Pharisee, the Tax Collector, and the Reformation

Reformation Week 2015 Reformation Day is October 31 Note from CM: I love the article by David Lose from 2013 at Working Preacher that I reference in this post: “The Pharisee, the Tax Collector, and the Reformation.” I encourage you to read it in its entirety. It is a wonderful statement about the subversive nature […]

Damaris Zehner: I Am Not the Hero of the Story

I Am Not the Hero of the Story by Damaris Zehner I’ve noticed an interesting psychological phenomenon, in the words of the immortal Andrew Steyne in The Gods Must Be Crazy.  I first came across it some years ago in a Sunday school class I taught and more recently in some commentary on gender roles […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: October 4, 2015

Yesterday, I experienced the great part of being a teacher; one of those experiences that make all the others worth it. It was in my advanced placement English IV class. Our brightest seniors. I’m fortunate to be able to work with them. A few days before we’d taken our final exam, and with two days […]

Kansans in Oz

We Christians don’t often make the connection between progress and ideas. We live in a world of our own, where we think it’s all about ideas, about “what you believe,” and we fail to see that advanced technology and the freedom and autonomy it has brought to much of the world has dramatically changed the way people today […]

Ron Rolheiser: A Jewish folk tale

A Jewish folk tale talks of a young man who aspired to great holiness. After some time at working to achieve it, he went to see his rabbi. “Rabbi,” he announced, “I think I have achieved sanctity.” “Why do you think that?” asked the rabbi. “Well,” responded the young man, “I’ve been practicing virtue and […]