Archive for the 'The Struggle' Category

Stabbed By Grace

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

Sometimes I am stabbed by a notion of grace that at once utterly undermines the fallen instincts of all secular ideologies and all religious striving and yet completely upholds genuine human integrity and completely defines and fulfills our deepest desire for freedom and love. When I am confronted by this grace I am astonished by […]

The Wall

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Theocratus: On the other side of this wall is everything you truly need, blessing without limit, and unspeakable joy. Catachumen: How do I get in, as it’s far too tall to climb, its foundation is far too deep, and it stretches in both directions as far as the eye can see? Theocratus: ——-

Start From The Right Place

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Theocratus: Now that you have been given a clear picture of where you need to go, don’t forget to start from the right place. Catachumen: Where’s that? Theocratus: I’m not going to tell you.

Meditations on Primordial Poverty

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Jesus died naked on the cross. His nakedness was an expression of our nakedness and poverty, a nakedness and poverty we have violently tried to cover through the works of our hands. It was this violent covering that was at work through the religious hands of the Jews, and the civil hands of the Romans […]


Monday, December 20th, 2010

Brother Kevin sent me a link to a video of Johnny Cash’s cover of Trent Reznor’s “Hurt”, and I must say, Cash made the song his. Yes, I like Reznor’s version, but the song seems more poignant coming from one who at the end of his life is looking back at the empire he built […]

Hurt By God

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Periodically, I visit a blog titled Faith and Theology, which is written by Benjamin Myers, a theologian and scholar who teaches at Charles Sturt University’s School of Theology, located in Sydney Australia. In his own words his blog “is a forum for conversations about theology, books and culture” and so, it’s no wonder why I […]

Well Beyond The Ordinary

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Jesus came to freely share his sonship with us. He came to give us the same confidence he had as the eternally begotten and faithful Son of the Father. This is perhaps obvious regarding the testimony of Scriptures, but recently this reality has been striking more deeply into my heart, and what I see is […]

Two Lenten Battlefields

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

The two battlefields that I will address this Lenten season are Fear and Restlessness. Both of these realities are pervasive in my soul, and as I look back on the whole of my adult life, I cannot think of a time when both of these enemies, in various forms, were not pulsing.

2010, A Dream Home & Pseudo Glory

Friday, January 1st, 2010

It’s the first day of the new year, 2010, and I am watching HGTV’s “Dream Home Giveaway” and at the back of my mind I am thinking of Arthur C. Clark’s novel 2010: Odyssey Two, which I have not read, but I remember the movie version where at the end Jupiter becomes a star, a […]

Unfettered Thanks

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

The hard thing about receiving grace is that it transcends and undermines all norms of the world, the very norms that have had a profound influence on how we are personally substantiated and oriented to the world. The biblical concept of grace is a clear expression of God’s sovereignty, and thus it is not subject […]