“A Mystical View of the Interior of a Ruined Church”

Lots of people have told me they love the cover design of The Big Book of Christian Mysticism. I had nothing to do with it. Thankfully, I like it too. It's not perfect, but it's perfect enough (just like the book itself). After so many people told me how much they liked it, I asked my contact at my publisher where the image came from. It actually is a royalty-free image from an online stock photo supplier, so I ponied up the money necessary to buy the rights to use it on my website. So here it … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

The prophetic voice and the spirit of inner prayer are not two alternative ways of Christian witness: they are inseparable in a healthy Christian life, and history shows that where they are not held together, both decay.— Kenneth Leech, Prayer and Prophecy: The Essential Kenneth Leech … [Read more...]

What do Brian McLaren and Carolyn Myss have in common?

What do Brian McLaren and Carolyn Myss have in common? And, for that matter, Phyllis Tickle, Cynthia Bourgeault, and Richard Rohr? They have all endorsed The Big Book of Christian Mysticism.Over the last few weeks, while I've been proofreading the manuscript, the publisher and I have sent it out to a number of authors, college professors, and clergypersons, for feedback and potential endorsements. Now, to God be the glory in all of this: to date we have received the following responses, all of … [Read more...]

Stephen Prothero on “Separate Truths”

If you are interested in interfaith dialog, please take a few minutes and read this article by Boston University professor Stephen Prothero:Separate Truths: It is misleading — and dangerous — to think that religions are different paths to the same wisdomI'm on an email list where people are discussing this article, and folks have mixed feelings about it. I think it's challenging for liberal-minded folks to have one of our cherished ideals — "way deep down beneath cultural differences, we are … [Read more...]

A Requiem for Finishing the Editing Process

So... you know the feeling when you've rushed to get to the airport, and dealt with parking, and ticketing, and security, and after what seems like an eternity you board your flight and find your seat, and only then you can finally relax. Before long the flight attendants close the door and show the security film and then the plane begins to taxi out, away from the terminal and heading out to the tarmac, and the moment arrives when it is waiting in line to take off. And at that moment, it seems … [Read more...]

Signing off (briefly)…

Dear friends,I have received the PDFs of the layout of my forthcoming Big Book of Christian Mysticism. The publisher needs my corrections and comments by April 23. That may sound like plenty of time, but do remember that I work full time, plus I'm teaching two classes this month! So my time is actually at a premium, and I need to be establishing boundaries to make sure that I can honor the commitments I have.For this reason, I will be taking a break from this blog until the last week of the … [Read more...]

Training Your Dragon

We went to see How to Train Your Dragon last night, and were delighted. It's quite a fun movie, filled with action, but good for kids aged about 7 up; it's got a wonderful storyline about learning to think outside the, er, dragon's nest and looking for solutions to problems that don't involve violence. It portrays disabled characters with dignity and grace. But perhaps the most important message of all has to do with fear. The hero, Hiccup (gotta love his name) is a runt of a Viking, a scrawny … [Read more...]