Some New Books to Explore

If this were an ideal world and I had all the time in the universe to do everything I would like, I'd be reading all sorts of books — and writing lengthy reviews of many of them on this blog. But, alas, ours is not an ideal world, and so like everyone else I have to make do. And so, in that spirit of making do, here are a few brief comments about some interesting books that have come to my attention lately. Some of them are new and some have been around for a while, but I think they are all w … [Read more...]

Writing the Icon of the Heart

Writing the Icon of the Heart: In Silence Beholding By Maggie Ross Abingdon, UK: Bible Reading Fellowship, 2011Almost twenty years ago I read Maggie Ross's wonderful book on the theology of priesthood, Pillars of Flame: Power, Priesthood and Spiritual Maturity. Not only was it a valuable book in helping me to affirm my ministry as a lay Christian, but it also struck me as one of the most lyrical and eloquent statements of Christian spirituality in general that I had ever read. Yes, that is … [Read more...]

Literary Prayer

Okay, I have a confession to make.Sometimes I get bored with spiritual writing. That may seem like a crazy foolish thing for me to admit, for after all, I am a "spiritual writer" myself. But it's true. I can only take so much gentle, kind, inspirational prose about discovering our inner authenticity and learning to let God's forgiving love transform us so that we can in turn bring compassion and forgiveness to others.... yada yada yada... I believe it all, it's all true, but sometimes it just … [Read more...]

The Jewel and the Setting

In response to my post yesterday of Annemarie S. Kidder writing on the relationship between postmodernity and the rediscovery of mysticism, one commenter writes: Her insights resonate with me, both in words and practice. What I wonder though, is what kind of church this individual movement will form. How will the creeds be written or will creeds be simply experienced in similar ways? How will be able to share with the youth from our own inward experiences? I understand where we are, but I feel … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

People in the postmodern era have lost confidence in the idea of perpetual progress advanced by the sciences and technology. They have become distrustful of and disenchanted with authority, which includes that of the church. They value experience over against outside authority, a faith based on experience over against one that is ecclesiastically pre-formulated, and a plurality of voices that are of equal value over against a singular voice that makes all final decisions. Authenticity, being … [Read more...]

Jesus was a healer. Are you?

A friend of mine from my church sent me a link to this video. It's an inspiring story about a church-run health clinic for low income folks. This is something I think every church ought to prayerfully consider: how can a ministry like this be established in your neighborhood?Or, go directly to the Church Health Center's Website. … [Read more...]

My favorite moments at the Wild Goose Festival…

Here in no particular order are ten moments that mattered to me at the Wild Goose Festival.1. Hearing Paul Knitter talk about "dual belonging" as a way to integrate Christian faith with wisdom from other traditions.2. Enjoying the "Wild Goose Brew" with Tim and Suzanne.3. Doug Pagitt's talk about Christianity in the "Inventive Age."4. Tearing up as I told Gareth Higgins about my daughter's health issues.5. The Patheos party on Thursday night, conversing with the likes of Troy Bronsink, … [Read more...]