April 24, 2018

Testing Scripture: A Scientist Explores the Bible- by John Polkinghorne, Chapter 9- Other New Testament Writings

Testing Scripture: A Scientist Explores the Bible- by John Polkinghorne Chapter 9- Other New Testament Writings Polkinghorne notes there are ten other books in the New Testament, but he is only going to highlight a few of … [Continue reading...]

Breviary on the Beatitudes

Matthew 5:1-12, Kingdom NT When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the hillside and sat down. His disciples came to him. He took a deep breath, and began his teaching: “Blessings on the poor in spirit! The kingdom of heaven is … [Continue reading...]

Another Look: Lent — “From that point on…”

We have begun our way into the Lenten season. It may be a good time for a refresher on the relationship of this season to the Gospel story. In our January 7, 2011 post, “Epiphany and the Days to Come,” we pointed out that the … [Continue reading...]

On Resurrection and Eternal Life (4)

As a hospice chaplain, my work revolves around supporting the dying and their families. I officiate many funerals. I deal with questions about death and what happens after people die. I am asked regularly about mysteries beyond … [Continue reading...]

Lent I: Love for the Wilderness to Come

Sermon: Lent I Love for the Wilderness to Come Mark 1.9-15 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart … [Continue reading...]

The Saturday Monks Brunch: February 17, 2018

PRESIDENTS DAY EDITION THE PRESIDENTS' PERK -- CAMP DAVID Intriguing photo essay at The National from a book marking the 75th anniversary of the presidential retreat at Camp David in 2017. During … [Continue reading...]

The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve (4)

On Fridays, we're doing a series on Stephen Greenblatt’s The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve. In this book, he examines how “the story of Adam and Eve has over centuries decisively shaped conceptions of human origins and human … [Continue reading...]

Testing Scripture: A Scientist Explores the Bible- by John Polkinghorne, Chapter 8- The Pauline Writings

Testing Scripture: A Scientist Explores the Bible- by John Polkinghorne Chapter 8- The Pauline Writings The earliest New Testament writings are the epistles of the apostle Paul.  First Thessalonians is considered to be the … [Continue reading...]

Ash Wednesday with Nick Drake

Ash Wednesday with Nick Drake When the world seemed too remote, too difficult to negotiate, I recognised in him a spirit brave and brilliant enough to articulate in music what was an incoherent fog within me. • Monty Don, about … [Continue reading...]

To be lifted up carefully and carried out of confinement

✑ When I woke up this morning, before I'd gotten out of bed, I was looking around to see what was going on in my room. Not much was going on, I'm happy to say. But there was a cricket on the glazed stone floor. He didn't belong … [Continue reading...]