September 23, 2014

Love in the Desert (2) : On Humility

[The Desert Fathers] believed, in spite of society's pressures, that love is the goal of the Christian life and humility is what it takes to bring us toward it. • Roberta C. Bondi  • • • What does it take to love? First and … [Continue reading...]

Creation Is a Many Splendored Thing (2): Genesis 1:1-2:3

The Lord is king, he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed, he is girded with strength.He has established the world; it shall never be moved; your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting. • Psalm 93:1-2, … [Continue reading...]

For Labor Day: Gene Veith on Vocation

In the Lord's Prayer, we ask that God give us our daily bread, which He does. He does so not directly as with the manna to the Israelites, but through the work of farmers, truck drivers, bakers, retailers, and many more. In fact, … [Continue reading...]

Spiritual Formation Talk: Sacred Reading

The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple. • Psalm 119:130 • • • In our second post on Fr. Charles Cummings' book, Monastic Practices, we take up the first of the three basic practices of … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings: Labor Day Edition, 2014

Happy Labor Day weekend! In my heart, mind, and body rhythms, this weekend will always be the end of summer. However, here in Indiana, where we have an abomination called a "balanced school schedule," we are already a month … [Continue reading...]

Meeting Jesus Through Community?

I am involved in a number of different communities. Some are communities of faith, but most are not. Now, this may sound like a cop out, but my primary way of introducing people to Jesus has been to introduce those in my non … [Continue reading...]

Love in the Desert (1)

All these problems together convince many modern Christians that they could only become real Christians if it were not for the other people in the world. For them to be Christian means to be a "spiritual" person, full of love and … [Continue reading...]

Case Study: What’s a Parishioner to Do?

Today, I present a case study for your discussion. Here is the situation: You are a member of a small to medium-sized mainline Protestant church, and have been active and involved, particularly in one certain ministry of the … [Continue reading...]

Another Look: Who and What Are Forming You?

A classic IM post by Michael Spencer from April, 2007. Every time I feel like I have lost my way in the Christian life, I find myself back looking at monasticism, and the lessons I learned in two decades of reading Thomas … [Continue reading...]

Creation Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1)

Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn her seven pillars. • Proverbs 9:1 Though separated by over two and a half millennia, the authors of ancient Scripture and numerous scientists of today find themselves caught up in a world … [Continue reading...]