Influences

Day 17 of the series Lenten Letters, forty days of contemplation in the form of correspondence to my best friend. Dear Friend, I absolutely adore that we can discuss things we don't exactly agree on, and yet still love each other so completely. We've hit upon one of those topics in the last few days,... Continue Reading →

Third Sunday of Lent

Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your... Continue Reading →

Day 16

"Jesus was not brought down by atheism and anarchy. He was brought down by law and order allied with religion….Beware those who claim to know the mind of God and who are prepared to use force, if necessary, to make others conform." Barbara Brown Taylor, "Truth to Tell," Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter

Deadlocked

Day 15 of the series Lenten Letters, forty days of contemplation in the form of correspondence to my best friend. Dear Friend, We have unpacked so many elephants-in-the-room, I thought maybe we had run out [says the woman with the Cheshire grin]. Who am I kidding? We’re talking religion here… we’ll never run out. When... Continue Reading →

Perspective

Day 14 of the series Lenten Letters, forty days of contemplation in the form of correspondence to my best friend. Dear Friend, I was thinking this morning. Yes, again. And in typical fashion my thoughts were floating all over the place. G says I have “shiny button” disease: every thing I see, and every thought... Continue Reading →

Word

Day 13 of the series Lenten Letters, forty days of contemplation in the form of correspondence to my best friend. Dear Friend, I re-read Chapter 4 of Out of Sorts last night, then found this scripture reference in some completely random reading today. As usual, my "random" finds often have a lot in common with... Continue Reading →

Catching up

Day 12 of the series Lenten Letters, forty days of contemplation in the form of correspondence to my best friend. Dear Friend, The flu fog is lifting and I find myself quoting Wendell Berry as reality rushes in to take its place. The Peace of Wild Things When despair for the world grows in me and I... Continue Reading →

Fodder

Day 11 of the series Lenten Letters, forty days of contemplation in the form of correspondence to my best friend. Dear Friend, Not even the threat of catching the flu can keep UPS delivery away from my house. Thank goodness. Today's haul will be turned into future letters.

Second Sunday of Lent

Today is the Second Sunday of Lent, a part of the series Lenten Letters, forty days of contemplation in the form of correspondence to my best friend. Dear Friend, Given my contagious flu, I stayed home yesterday morning and attended church via cable. The first song they sang was To God Be The Glory. Before... Continue Reading →

Stages III

Today is Day 10 of the series Lenten Letters, forty days of contemplation in the form of correspondence to my best friend. Dear Friend, First, a brief digression. As you know by now, the flu bug bit me. I had managed to avoid his bite my entire life (true fact… I never had the flu... Continue Reading →

Stages II

Today is Day 9 of the series Lenten Letters, forty days of contemplation in the form of correspondence to my best friend. Dear Friend, Absolutely no evidence whatsoever. That’s where we left off yesterday. While we’re on a roll, let’s take a look at another theology of suffering, this time from Dr. Timothy Keller. Dr.... Continue Reading →

Stages

Today is Day 8 of the series Lenten Letters, forty days of contemplation in the form of correspondence to my best friend. Dear Friend, Before I get started, I want to say thank you. I know we’re not even a fourth of the way into Lent, but I feel like we’ve both already done some... Continue Reading →

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