To-Do Lists, Todays, and Tomorrows

It has been a long week, made that way by anxiety, stress, and a subsequent lack of restful sleep. These weeks come along to me regularly for some reason. I suppose (perhaps) because my brain isn’t wired to always handle everything that comes my way; I mean, I look at other people and they appear... Continue Reading →

"Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point... Continue Reading →

Growing Pains

Found an excellent blog post on questioning, deconstructing, and reconstructing one's faith. An excerpt is below, but the entire post can (and should!) be read at Experimental Theology. This is one part in a series of posts, so it may be helpful to read previous entries. Faith must and will go through the fires. In... Continue Reading →

Calm

Drop Thy still dews of quietness, Till all our strivings cease; Take from our souls the strain and stress, And let our ordered lives confess The beauty of Thy peace. Breathe through the heats of our desire Thy coolness and Thy balm; Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire; Speak through the earthquake, wind, and... Continue Reading →

Pentecost

O Spirit of the living God, thou light and fire divine, descend upon thy church once more, and make it truly thine. Fill it with love and joy and power, with righteousness and peace; till Christ shall dwell in human hearts, and sin and sorrow cease. Henry H. Tweedy, 1933

Ascension Sunday

So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come... Continue Reading →

For All

As I have read the Gospels over the years, the belief has grown in me that Christ did not come to found an organized religion but came instead to found an unorganized one. He seems to have come to carry religion out of the temples into the fields and sheep pastures, onto the roadsides and... Continue Reading →

Authority

The newest book in my reading stack looks to be the perfect chaser to Peter Enns' The Bible Tells Me So. Check out this sample from Scripture and the Authority of God by N.T. Wright: "…the phrase [authority of scripture] is invoked when something is proposed or done in the church to which others object: 'You can't do... Continue Reading →

Trust

“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing... Continue Reading →

Sunrise

I look at the rising sun and feel that now upon me falls the responsibility of seeing what all my ancestors have seen…praising God before me. Whether or not they praised him then, for themselves, they must praise him now in me. When the sun rises, each one of us is summoned by the living... Continue Reading →

Looking Up

As I was finishing The Bible Tells Me So, one of the most moving parts I read was Peter Enns’s description of the unfathomable size of the universe: The known universe is 13.7 billion years old. Traveling at the speed of light, it would take about 100 billion years to get from one end of... Continue Reading →

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