The Great Emergence

The Great Emergence: How Christianity is Changing and Why By Phyllis Tickle Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2008 Review by Carl McColmanThe cover of this book— featuring four images of Jesus, cobbled together to kinda sorta create a composite image of the Christ — is a hint about where Phyllis Tickle ultimately takes her introductory survey of emergent Christianity. This is a useful and often entertaining, if not entirely satisfying, short overview of the historical forces that have led to what … [Read more...]

I’ve become Twitterpated…

I'm on Twitter now: if you're on Twitter too, let me know! … [Read more...]


Just a quick post this morning, as I want to get some work done on the book before I go to the monastery... I've been listening to recordings of talks given by Richard Rohr from the Soularize 2007 conference, which are anthologized in a collection called Soularize in a Box, Volume II. If Rohr's talks are any indication, the entire anthology must be dynamite. I'll write more after I listen to more; but in the meantime, I thought I'd throw up a link here to encourage you to check it out for … [Read more...]

Richard Rohr on the Emerging Church

Here's a video teaser in which Spencer Burke (off camera) chats with Richard Rohr about some of ideas underpinning the upcoming The Emerging Church conference in March, which is basically a "gathering of the tribes" — Catholic, Anglican, Protestant, Evangelical — for a weekend of visioning and community-building.I must confess to sharing the sense, that Rohr speaks of in this video clip, of sometimes feeling more at home with non-Catholics who are engaged in the emergent conversation, than wi … [Read more...]


Hey, if any of my old LJ friends are now on Facebook, and want to stay in touch with me, here's how to find me: … [Read more...]

The Ex-Philes

On the last day of 2008 I had a dream about an ex-girlfriend. This was someone I dated for about a year, some 20 years ago. It was an intense, passionate relationship and we were even briefly engaged. The romance fizzled after I took a new job and relocated out of town. In my dream, I ran into the woman, and profusely apologized for all the mistakes I had made in the relationship. The dream was so vivid and moved me so much that I looked her up on Facebook, and found her, and sent her a … [Read more...]

Harvesting Timber the Old Fashioned Way

Recently, the Monastery of the Holy Spirit hired a natural forest management service to clear out trees that had been felled by a tornado on the monastery land — land that has been set aside for a green cemetary. True to the community's commitment to manage the land in as sustainable a way as possible, they brought in a team that uses Suffolk workhorses to remove the timber, thereby minimizing the collateral damage to the forest. A local news station ran a segment on this, and here's a link to t … [Read more...]