The Big eBook of Christian Mysticism?

Amazon's announcement yesterday of several new versions of the Kindle, including a reader that retails for only $79 and their first color reader (for a mere $199), should convince even the most confirmed skeptic that not only are e-books here to stay, but that they will follow the path of the MP3, and only become increasingly popular as a reading format. My latest sales report for The Big Book of Christian Mysticism shows that e-book sales account for almost 25% of the book's total sales … [Read more...]

Thank you…

Thank you to Joann D. of Tucker, GA, who recently donated $32 to help me send copies of The Big Book of Christian Mysticism to two monasteries. Thanks to her generosity, today I'll be mailing copies of the book to St. Leo's Abbey in St. Leo's, Florida, and St. Vincent's Archabbey in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.That brings us up to thirty-four monasteries, convents, and retreat centers where donated copies of the book have been sent. I'm asking the monasteries to please place the books in their … [Read more...]

Four interesting articles

I've recently read four interesting articles online.In Spiritual but Not Religious? Please Stop Boring Me, UCC Minister Lillian Daniel takes aim at those who reject traditional religious affiliation but who retain a sense of themselves as "spiritual" beings. She sees such a position as shallow and narcissistic, and suggests that such persons find themselves more "fascinating" than ancient religions, but in truth such self-centered thinking is ultimately "bland." In response, Religious … [Read more...]

Hold me in Stone Mountain

The hottest new voice in contemporary Christian music simply has to be Jamie Grace, a teenage musician from Atlanta. Her single "(I love the way you) Hold Me" featuring tobyMac, is just pure pop confection, the kind of song that you love to sing along to (which is a good thing, because it gets stuck in your head). I especially like the video for the song, because it was partially filmed at Stone Mountain park, about six miles from where I live (about a minute and 29 seconds into the video you … [Read more...]

This Weekend: from the Mountains to the Inner City

If you live in North Georgia, I hope I'll see you at one or both of these events this weekend.Saturday I'll be leading a day-retreat at Holy Family Episcopal Church in Jasper, Georgia, in the beautiful north Georgia mountains. Our theme is Contemplation and Emergence. I'm very excited about the combination of poetry, storytelling, lectio, silence and sharing that will encompass our time together as we explore how an ancient practice (contemplation) remains relevant today (emergence). We gather … [Read more...]

“Eleven years of Catholic education had told me nothing about Christian meditation.”

Here's an interesting article published the other day in the Utah Statesman by a fellow named Michael Sowder: Finding Home in India. The author tells the story of his spiritual journey, and it's a story I've heard again and again. Basically, it runs like this: born into a Christian family, Sowder (and countless others like him) finds himself befuddled by the sterile Christian education he received as a child. Eventually he  goes on to find meaning and insight in contemplative spirituality … [Read more...]

Interfaith 9/11 Memorial Service in Decatur, GA

Several hundred people of various faiths, ethnic backgrounds, and nationalities gathered together at the Decatur Hotel Ballroom in downtown Decatur, GA yesterday evening to commemorate the tragedy of September 11, 2001 — and to celebrate and work toward a brighter future based on cooperation, dialogue, peace and understanding. Sponsored by a consortium of organizations including the Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta and the Interfaith Community Institute, along with an assortment of Buddhist, C … [Read more...]


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