April 24, 2018

Saturday Ramblings 10.1.11

October? It's October already? Spring Training just ended, didn't it? What happened to my beloved Reds? What? Really? Sigh...ok...welcome to the Cincinnati Reds-less baseball playoffs edition of Saturday Ramblings. Grab your mitt … [Continue reading...]

Third Quarter Listening Report

Here we are at the end of September already, and it is time to give my reviews of some of the popular music that was released during this third quarter of 2011. As I say in each of these posts, I don't have the resources to … [Continue reading...]

Fullness and a Future

Ordinary Time Bible Study 2011 The Book of Ruth (12, conclusion) All the people who were at the gate and the elders replied, “We are witnesses. May the Lord make the woman who is entering your home like Rachel and Leah, … [Continue reading...]

My Secret Place

Dear Chaplain Mike, I am really excited for your sabbatical, though the thought of filling your shoes, even for a month, is rather daunting. I will do my best not to drive away too many readers in your absence. And I am really … [Continue reading...]

The Feast of Michaelmas

For those of you whose name is Michael (or Michelle), congratulations!  Your patronal feast day is 29th September, the Dedication of St. Michael the Archangel.  This feast also honoured all the other angels as well (under the name … [Continue reading...]

Looking forward to “Sabbath”

If there is no Sabbath -- no regular and commanded not-working, not-talking -- we soon become totally absorbed in what we are doing and saying, and God’s work is either forgotten or marginalized. When we work we are most god-like, … [Continue reading...]

Open Mic: A New “Emerging” Church

CM: I'm sorry I haven't been able to moderate as closely as I'd hoped today. I'm going to close the comments. I think we've covered this enough for now. I'm more convinced than ever that we as Christians are going to have to learn … [Continue reading...]

The Merton Prayer

One of the books I will be reading and meditating upon during my sabbatical is Thomas Merton's Thoughts In Solitude. A well-known passage from this book has been called, "The Merton Prayer" (see below). This prayer acknowledges … [Continue reading...]

Key Themes in Merton

I've been reading William H. Shannon's fine book, Thomas Merton: An Introduction, as a way to begin knowing the famous monk better for myself. Shannon wrote this for folks who have little or no acquaintance with Merton, with … [Continue reading...]

Pope Benedict on Common Ground and Present Challenges

Yesterday, we noted the historic meetings the Pope has been having with his Lutheran brethren in Germany. In his address to representative of the Evangelical Church, Pope Benedict XVI expresses his appreciation for Martin Luther, … [Continue reading...]