Today’s Sermon

Sermon for October 31, 2010, Sts. Peter & Paul Episcopal Church, Portland, ORText: So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. (Luke 19:4)When I was a boy I loved to climb trees. We had two pine trees in our back yard, and one of them I could only climb up maybe five feet or so, but in the other, larger one I could get at least ten or twelve feet off the ground, which was pretty high for a ten year old kid! How fondly I remember my … [Read more...]

[SMS] Shine

I found this on the Fish Atlanta's website. Here's what they say: Take a look at David Crowder's brand new single, "[SMS] Shine"!  This amazing video was created with a LiteBrite and 1 million pegs. Everything you see in the video actually happened -- NO computer generated graphics or effects!  Even details such as the piano playing in the background and the monkeys beating a drum in perfect time was done free of digital affects and computer animation. It took 2,150 man hours, 1,200 LITE-BRITE im … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

Only in love can I find You, my God. In love the gates of my soul spring open, allowing me to breathe a new air of freedom and forget my own petty self. In love my whole being streams forth out of the rigid confines of narrowness and anxious self-assertion, which makes me a prisoner of my own poverty and emptiness. In love all the powers of my soul flow out toward You, wanting never more to return, but to lose themselves completely in You, since by Your love You are the inmost center of my … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

Mystics tell us that spiritual progress requires moral progress; indeed, certain moral imperatives are laid down as preliminaries to the mystical life. There is no point, for example, in proclaiming a higher love is ordinary love is lacking; there is no point in aspiring to see God if we persecute our neighbour; there is no point in preaching universal peace if we participate in war and cruelty; there is no point in preaching Christ with hatred or wrath in our hearts. — Patrick Grant, A Dazzling … [Read more...]

Final Tweaks to my Portland Itinerary

By this time tomorrow I'll be at the Atlanta airport preparing to board my flight to Portland, OR. Thanks to Chuck Cooper and the Institute for Progressive Spirituality for arranging my travel plans and itinerary while in Portland.As always seems to be the case, we've made a few last minute changes. Here's the itinerary, and all events listed here are open to the public. If you're in the area, I hope I'll see you at one or more of these events.October 28, 2010; 7:00 PM — "Celtic Spirituality … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day (for Ali)

Believe me as one who has experience, you will find much more among the woods then ever you will among books. Woods and stones will teach you what you can never hear from any master. — Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, The Letters … [Read more...]

Concerning Spiritual Noise, (Lack of) Inner Silence, and Singlemindedness

AM writes: I find most of your posts on the contemplative life too congested with many labels and categories - mystics and non-mystics, oppositional thinking and non-oppositional thinking, Christian mysticism and ordinary Christian spirituality, Protestant mystics and Catholic mystics, mysticism and contemplation, etc. This appears to me not only an intellectual congestion but also a spiritual noise, a portrayal of a lack of inner silence. Somehow, I visit your blog ... to be nourished … [Read more...]


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