Phil Keaggy

Tonight veteran Christian singer/guitarist Phil Keaggy gave a benefit concert at a Baptist Church in Lilburn (just north of Atlanta) for the Gwinnett County Special Olympics. I've been a fan of Phil Keaggy since the mid-1970s when a friend introduced me to his albums What a Day and Love Broke Thru. Keaggy is a masterful guitarist whose virtuosity is straight out of the classic rock/jam band era, and his vocals and musical styling are reminiscent of Paul McCartney.  This is the third time I've … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

There is no need to be peculiar in order to find God. The Magi were taught by the heavens to follow a star and it brought them, not to a paralyzing disclosure of the Transcendent, but to a little boy on his mother's knee. — Evelyn Underhill, The House of the Soul … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

My own experience in a variety of contexts suggests that the number one problem, the most common source of resistance to both evangelization and spiritual growth in Christian terms, is the angry, punishing father-god of patriarchal oppression. It is something of a mystery to me that this God concept, so foreign to the actual contents of the gospel and Jesus' picture of his Abba, should be assumed by so many to be what in fact Christianity offers, and the degree to which it remains embedded in … [Read more...]

Upcoming Events: Mysticism Retreat and Class

Friends, here are the two events I have coming up, that may be of interest to folks who read this blog. The first is a a retreat on Christian mysticism that will be held at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Georgia; the second is a class on world mysticism through the Evening at Emory Continuing Education Program at Emory University in Atlanta. Space is limited at both these events, so if you're interested, please register soon. Hope to see you there...Wisdom of the Christian … [Read more...]

C.S. Lewis and Deification

I haven't read this yet, but it sure looks tasty... and I wanted to go ahead and post a link here, since I know some of my readers are interested in C. S. Lewis and some are interested in the doctrine of deification (in the Greek, theosis). So here's a chance to ponder how this Orthodox doctrine figures in the thought of the most popular of Anglican authors...Shine as the Sun: C. S. Lewis and the Doctrine of DeificationWhich is actually part two of a two part essay; here is part one: The … [Read more...]

Attention Book Lovers and Anglophiles…

I just stumbled across a rather fun blog, particularly for those who love Christian books and/or anything English:UKCBD: The Christian Bookshops Blog (UKCBD stands for "United Kingdom Christian Bookshops Directory") … [Read more...]

New Endowment for Flannery O’Connor’s Church

The Georgia Bulletin — the weekly newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta — has an interesting article this week about an endowment left to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Milledgeville, GA, by Regina O'Connor, the mother of Flannery O'Connor, one of the most renowned Catholic (and native Georgian) authors of the twentieth century. The endowment will preserve the current sanctuary of the church, even if the parish at some point needs to build a new church building. Read the story here: N … [Read more...]