End of year buzz for Spirituality

Here's a shameless plug... I've just learned that Brittian Bullock of the Sensual Jesus blog has named my recently reissued first book, Spirituality, to his "best of 2008" book list.I am humbled and honored to be included on a list that also features the likes of Peter Rollins, Douglas Coupland, and Alan Jones. Here's what Brittian had to say about my lowly offering: I met Carl McColman this summer and had no clue who he was outside of a mutual friend’s recommendation. After our dinner t … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

The great mystics are the paradigms and the amplifiers of a life of deep faith, hope, and love. They help us to hear the interior whispers and to see the faint flickers of truth and love in ourselves and others. By looking at their lives, we can frequently discover the obstacle in us to fully authentic human life. Looking into the lives of the great mystics will help to locate the compass of our hearts, to see what authentic human living is, and what our final purification, illumination, and … [Read more...]

Phyllis and Peter

The ever-vigilant Mike Morrell sent me this link to a page of videos featuring Phyllis Tickle and Peter Rollins chatting about various concerns regarding the present and future church, the emergent/emergence church, and so forth. Well worth watching to see two creative and visionary minds at play with each other.Just to whet your appetite, here's the first video:The rest can be found here. … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

If you write for God you will reach many men and bring them joy.If you write for men — you may make some money and you may give someone a little joy and you may make a noise in the world, for a little while.If you write only for yourself you can read what you yourself have written and after ten minutes you will be so disgusted you will wish that you were dead. — Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit. — I Corinthians 6:17 NIV … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

If a writer is so cautious that he never writes anything that cannot be criticized, he will never write anything that can be read. If you want to help other people you have got to make up your mind to write things that some men will condemn. — Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation … [Read more...]

The Fidelity of Betrayal

The Fidelity of Betrayal: Towards a Church Beyond Belief By Peter Rollins Brewster, MA: Paraclete Press, 2008 Review by Carl McColmanIn this book, Peter Rollins expands and deepens the apophatic/postmodern re-visioning of Christian theology/mystery that he first introduced in his first book, How (Not) to Speak of God. Rollins is a philosopher/theologian whose work appears to be all about dismantling unhelpful boundaries: between philosophy and theology, between church and culture, between … [Read more...]


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