Archive for the 'Everything Else' Category

Templing In Jesus’ Word

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

The following is my reflection from this past Sunday’s Evensong service. ******* Hear these words from Brother Lawrence, a 17th century monk whose sage words on the spiritual life posthumously became a book titled The Practice of the Presence of God: He does not ask much of us, merely a thought of Him from time […]

An Aching Desire for Exacting Control

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

I get that doctrine is important to the life of the Church. Doctrine is part of the Church’s call to bear witness to the work of God in Christ, and it can be both an act of worship, as well as a catalyst in bringing the Church to it’s knees in worship. And yet, for […]

Laughter Is Not Enough

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

I know many people were surprised by Robin Williams suicide, but given the relationship between comedy and sorrow, was it really such a surprise? Comedy has its roots in tragedy, deep insecurity, and loneliness, and we laugh at comedians because they give us a socially acceptable way to vent our own insecurities and fears, without […]

God At A Distance

Monday, February 11th, 2013

It is never safe to keep God at a distance, for at a distance He judges sin, but up close He bears it

Coincidence?

Monday, January 16th, 2012

During the lectionary of the worship service this past Sunday I was inspired to write the following: Ancestors, and more immediately our parents are our root and source and our debt to them should be acknowledged. We should honor them,  because beyond being our biological root, and the primary influence of our socialization and development, […]

A Beer Loving Angel

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

“Aristotle said I am a rational animal; I say I am an angel with an incredible capacity for beer.” And to make this an appropriate Thanksgiving post, I want to give thanks to God for creating Brennan Manning who wrote The Ragamuffin Gospel in which the above quote is found.  

This Golgotha of Nuanced & Subtle Academic Theology

Monday, September 26th, 2011

The following is an email I sent to my theology students for the Intro to Theology and Ethics class that I am teaching this semester. I sent this email because we just took a turn from C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity to a text titled, The Essentials of Christian Theology, edited by William Placher, which is […]

What Would You Choose?

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

I know it has been some time since I posted, and that I perhaps should atone for my silence by writing something a bit more substantial, but nonetheless I am only going to offer the following question…. If you could only read one gospel, one epistle, and one book from the Old Testament, what books […]

The Five-Day Forecast

Friday, May 20th, 2011

So, how does one dress for this kind of forecast?

The Bungee Option

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Leonard did not know about the bungee option regarding the descent into the Abyss of Perdition.