Still Knowing: Meeting God in Silence

Last Friday I went to a solitude retreat just outside of Chicago. From 9am to 9pm I prayed in silence. This was a new experience for me, and a challenge. I have difficulty with silence, although I know I need it sometimes, I chafe under it. I have a tendency to "go" all the time. I feel if I'm not muli-tasking I'm wasting my life. When I do cook I have books being read to me on my kindle, when I drive I listen to lectures, when I do the laundry I'm streaming Podcasts. I try to learn every waking … [Read more...]

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Orthodox salvation VS Protestant salvation

One of my blogger friends just posted this video...What do you think?Does he get the Protestant position right? (It's not mine, but I'm a Protestant)What do you think of the Orthodox position? How do you think we are saved, if you think we need saving at all? … [Read more...]

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Why I need “Lectio Divina”

As a seminarian I often have to read hundreds of writing pages a day. This has resulted in me developing a method of reading for meaning that has made it so that no matter what I am reading I often don't savor what has been said, or even fully digest it. This drives my wife crazy because there are sometimes that she may write me an E-Mail or read me a note with important details that I simply don't process or pay heed to. It's become enough of a problem that I have had to start being very … [Read more...]

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Spiritual Nuts and Religious Fruit

There are many examples of spiritual hunger in our world today. People are connecting with their own "spirituality" in all aspects of life. From what they read (spiritual books are one of the few growing segments of the market) to how they workout (practices like yoga find their roots in eastern spirituality). This is a result of the fragmenting of the human person. Society has moved away from communities and families of love and mutual dependence to  individualistically centered … [Read more...]

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Genesis Quick and Dirty

In the beginning God spoke light and heaven and earth into existence and filled them with every good thing, and made humans to image God which was very good indeed. God breathed into dust and the man was made and finding that all the beasts still left the man alone God snuck a rib out of the man and made a women. The man and the women lived in a garden and could eat of all sorts of trees that bore fruit, but one tree was off limits. The man and the women were convinced one day, by a serpent, to … [Read more...]

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C.S. Lewis on Liturgy and Worship

I thought this was both interesting and a little bit funny too. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. For those of you who don't know Lewis was a member of the Church of England. This might give some context to what he's saying. The COE is generally liturgical and follows the Book of Common prayer, but there is a great deal more freedom with the liturgy then you find in the Catholic and Orthodox traditions.Do you agree with Lewis?From Letters to Malcolm, Chiefly on PrayerIt looks … [Read more...]

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Reconciling Biblical Patriarchy

One of the hardest things for me to wrestle with about the Bible is how little women are given attention and honor. Those women who are focused on are often only significant as bearers of sons. One sometimes wonders if there is room for a holistic and affirming perspective in the scriptures. This is the subject of the classic article by J. Cheryl Exum, “Mother in Israel”: A Familiar Figure Reconsidered. Although there seems to be a clear Patriarchal perspective that domonates the scriptures Exum … [Read more...]

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Varieties of Spiritual Companionship

I ran into this chart today and I thought it could be of some help to you all. It comes from Jeannette Bakke's Holy Invitations. For much of my Christian life I had difficulty figuring out what the difference was between the four categories below.I'd love to hear about your experiences with these things.How do you like how the chart frames what happens?Varieties of Spiritual CompanionshipAgendaProcessRole of HelperGoal of the LearnerPastoral CounselingSet by CounseleeProblem solvingCrisis … [Read more...]

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Book Review: Scripture and Disernment

What is the role of the Church in interpreting the scripture today? This question Luke Timothy Johnson tackles head on in his Scripture and Discernment.Johnson brings an emphasis on ecclesiology which is badly needed in the discussion on scripture.  Johnson belives, scripture is compiled and delivered by the church, but also is a guide and source for the church. Scripture communicates a story that informs and reforms. It tells a story about how church should … [Read more...]

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