Two Movie Trailers to Check Out…

Here are trailers for two movies concerning monasticism in our time:The first one, Of Gods and Men is a French film that will be released in American theaters this February. The second one, Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer is available for rent or purchase from iTunes. … [Read more...]

Booksigning at First Christian Church of Atlanta this Sunday!

If you live in or near Atlanta, I hope you'll come to a Reception and Booksigning for The Lion, The Mouse and the Dawn Treader this coming Sunday, January 30, 2011, at 12:15 PM at First Christian Church of Atlanta, 4532 LaVista Road, Tucker, GA 30084. I'll be visiting with folks and signing books at the church where I taught the class that was the inspiration for this book. For more information, call 770.939.4358.Refreshments will be served, and I am told that the hospitality committee at … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

To a certain type of mind, the veritable practice of the Presence of God is not the intimate and adorable companionship of the personal Comrade or the Inward Light, but the awestruck contemplation of the Absolute, the "naked Godhead," source and origin of all that Is. It is an ascent to the supernal plane of perception, where "the simple, absolute and unchangeable mysteries of heavenly Truth  lie hidden in the dazzling obscurity of the secret Silence, outshining all brilliance with the intensity … [Read more...]

Atlanta Christian Mysticism Meetup Scheduled for February 2

The reboot of the Atlanta Christian Mysticism Meetup is underway! We have secured a location and scheduled a date & time for our first meeting, of what I hope will become a monthly occurrence.The Meetup will convene at the Alcove Coffee & Tea Café, 4135 Lavista Rd, Tucker, GA 30084. Alcove is very conveniently located just 2/10 of a mile inside the perimeter off of I-285 exit 37 (LaVista Road exit). We'll meet on Wednesday, February 2 at 7 PM. To help get the conversation rolling, I … [Read more...]

Mysticism & Narcissism…

Here's a very interesting, and somewhat challenging, quote from a Jewish Blogger: It seems to me that [spiritualism] encourages self-involved people to become more self-involved. Spiritual types often talk about the “universe” in the same way that a certain kind of Christian or Jew sees the hand of God in every banal event, or a certain kind of New Yorker broadcasts every little conversation he’s had with his shrink. And while these examples may show that narcissists are drawn to whatever fee … [Read more...]

Atlanta Christian Mysticism Meetup

Way back in 2005, I started a Meetup on the topic of Christian Mysticism. I was the organizer of the Atlanta Christian Mysticism Meetup for almost two years, and during that time made a number of new friends, most notably Mike Morrell, who has practically introduced me to the entire Emergent Church Community. I think it's fair to say that The Big Book of Christian Mysticism would never have been read (and endorsed) by people like Brian McLaren and Phyllis Tickle if I hadn't met Mike. So, … [Read more...]

Why I’m going to the Wild Goose Festival

The good folks who are organizing the Wild Goose Festival have just posted a short piece I wrote about why I'm excited to be participating in that event:The Wild Goose Festival as the Gathering of the Tribes.Please check it out. And even more importantly, make plans to attend the Wild Goose Festival, next summer in North Carolina! Purchase tickets here. … [Read more...]


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