June 23, 2018

Saturday Ramblings 11.5.11

Hi-ho, fellow ramblers. It is I, your trusty news broadcaster, back from a recent trip to the local Shady Rest for some tests on the ol' ticker. It ticks still. The nurses were nice---until, that is, I started arranging wheelchair … [Continue reading...]

Wilderness Update

I have had thoughts lately again about vocational matters in my life. A number of different circumstances have come about in which I've considered making a few changes -- nothing related to my full-time employment at this time, … [Continue reading...]

Do You Smell Something Burning?

Nothing like a little "eternal condemnation" humor to make the neighbors want to come to church. … [Continue reading...]

Bad Monk in Paradise

Gethsemani Journal 2011 (3) Part three of my journal from a five-day silent retreat at The Abbey of Gethsemani. • • • Wednesday, October 13 What a terrible monk I would make! I would need to wear one of those armbands a … [Continue reading...]

Naked Emperor, Part Two: The Americanization Of God

I started a series last week called The Naked Emperor. It is one man's look at the empty shell of evangelicalism. I said that I have been intimately involved in what I call the "evangelical circus" for way too long. And while … [Continue reading...]

I’m Still Here

Well my friends, it has been a week. Since so many of you have been kind enough to write to me asking how I am doing health-wise, I thought I would give you a bit of an update. If this is boring to you (and I don't blame you if it … [Continue reading...]

Good News is Just the Beginning

Over the past decade, a cottage industry has grown and and is now flourishing among American Christian leaders and teachers that has focused on defining the Gospel. Many factors account for this. We live in a decidedly … [Continue reading...]

Why Have I Come Here?

Gethsemani Journal 2011 (2) This is from a journal of my experiences on my second day (and first full day) at Gethsemani Abbey. • • • Tuesday, October 12 I did not sleep well. The bed was fine, but I am used to sleeping with … [Continue reading...]

When Christians Won the Culture War

I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died, and the very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me. (Romans 7:9-10, NRSV) • • • There was a time in the United States … [Continue reading...]

Into the Silence

Gethsemani Journal 2011 (1) During my days at Gethsemani, I kept a journal of my thoughts, observations, and reflections. This week, I will share excerpts from these daily notes. • • • Monday, October 10 Getting away from … [Continue reading...]