“They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love” — And These Gifts Make It Possible

God is Love.

One of C.S. Lewis's last, and best, books was called The Four Loves. Drawing from four different Greek words for love, the book celebrates affection, friendship, eros, and charity and considers the moral, ethical, and spiritual dynamics at play in each form of love.As worthy as Lewis's writing might be, I think Jesus offers his own take on "four loves" that considers not the dynamic of love so much as the object of our love. Here are two Biblical passages that illustrate Jesus's four lo … [Read more...]

Blessed Are the Peacemakers

The Good Bishop

Blessed are the peacemakers, and today I want to celebrate two such persons in particular.I could have called this blog post "A Tale of Two Walters," for both of these men share that same slightly nerdy first name. Both are the subjects of recently published books: a biography of one; a memoir by the other. Each of these men died in 2012, and both were not only renowned, but controversial, for their commitment to social justice and progressive theology. Finally, both embodied a deep and … [Read more...]

A Tale of Two Bibles

This morning I woke up around two thirty after having a dream, which I wrote down:I dreamt that a young man came to see me, with two gifts. They were both Bibles. We chatted a bit about how much he enjoyed my website and my writing, and so wanted to give me a Bible as a token of appreciation.I smiled and opened the first box. In it was a gorgeous hardcover edition of the New American Standard Bible. I oohed and aahed over it and mentioned how happy I was with it, since I had the NASB … [Read more...]

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, Have Mercy on Me, a Pinner

Source: google.com via Carl on Pinterest Okay, I've done it — I've affirmed my inner feminine by setting up a Pinterest account. My wife has been spending almost as much time on Pinterest lately as I spend on my blog, so I had to see what the fuss was about. As best I can tell, it's basically a visually rich variant on Twitter. But immediately I could see the benefits: it's a great way to set up your own little online visual media library. So this morning I took the plunge, and h … [Read more...]

“Let the Earth Keep Silence” launches on February 29!

I'm pleased to announce that my column on contemplative spirituality, Let the Earth Keep Silence, will launch on Patheos.com next Wednesday, February 29! I'll post links to the column here once it goes live. Of course, I have some interesting plans for this blog as well, that I will slowly roll out over the months to come. If you haven't already done so, please subscribe to the blog feed (see the "Subscribe to Blog via Email" widget located to the right of this blog feed). … [Read more...]

Our Three Cats

Here is a picture of our three cats that Fran took the other evening. From left: Ferbie, Margery, and Clarissa. … [Read more...]

Labor Day

Happy Labor Day to everyone.Let's take a moment and reflect on this day. I've always made a living using my mind, whether as a bookstore manager, wholesale purchaser, writer, editor, teacher, speaker, or spiritual counselor. I'm very fortunate to do so, and I try to remember that I stand on the shoulders of many ancestors and others who built the world we live in with the hard sweat of their bodies. Today, let's remember that no one is wealthy, or privileged, or successfull, alone — we all s … [Read more...]