Why I Do Pray and Read the Bible–Much! A Response to Ellen Painter Dollar

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Ellen Painter Dollar is one of my favorite colleagues in the Patheos family of writers. I read what she writes with delight and care, in part because she is from a different part of the country, a different stage of life, a different Christian tradition, with a different vocational goal as a calling. In a [Read More...]

Joyful News for Women and Men: Jesus Feminist, A Review

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A Joyful Invitation to Women and Men: a Review of Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey I read this book with a swirl of emotions. It was 40 years ago that I with gladness was transformed by the same good news that Sarah Bessey has discovered and proclaimed: the Bible tells us in Jesus Christ that [Read More...]

Talking the Talk

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A gift of summer that comes to me is leisurely time for sacred conversation.  In the altered pace of life in summer, there seem to be more opportunities for a piece of those endless talks that might be a turning point or a moment of “aha” in the spiritual journey, just because the schedule has [Read More...]

Thanksgiving Vespers

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It is coming on to evening; I became aware last night at a concert of Monteverdi’s “Vespers,” that I long to close my evenings with attention to and from the Holy One, as the evening office of Vespers does. I need to ground my evening and my sleep in  a sense of Holy Presence whether [Read More...]

To Be A Pilgrim

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It is my season of pilgrimage again! The signs are all around me. The last two books that I read have opened with a reference to John Bunyan’s old hymn, All Who Would Valiant Be: All who  would valiant be ‘gainst all disaster, let them in constancy follow the Master. There’s no discouragement shall make them [Read More...]

Walking the Light of Holy Week.

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As I begin to walk the last lap of Lenten practice, I am prodded by all the charges in sacred text to “walk in the Light!” Jesus claims that he is the Light of the world: “whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” (John 8: 12) However, [Read More...]

After Rain

It doesn’t rain much here, not enough they say. But after it does, the earth shimmers and shines with the glory of God. The greens and blues are brilliant. The roses, fuschias, and camellias glisten. The clouds billow and scud across the ether. The ocean returns to a place of tranquility. I am awe struck. [Read More...]

Following the Child

“A little child shall lead them” says the prophet Isaiah, in a metaphor for the peaceable reign of God. For a week I have followed a child, a grandchild of mine, almost 8, here on a visit. I pondered as I was trying to keep pace with him about what peace would look like if [Read More...]


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