What Christian Mysticism is Not

One way to understand Christian mysticism would be to begin by clarifying what things are commonly called “mysticism” but really aren’t — at least, not from an orthodox Christian perspective:Christian mysticism is not occultism. It’s not about uncovering some long lost secret, à la The DaVinci Code. Christian mysticism is not magic. It’s not about wielding spiritual power or engineering our own experience. Christian mysticism is not esotericism. It's not about learning techniques for psychic … [Read more...]

The Emerging Anam Cara

Here's an article worth reading: at The Ooze, Shane Tucker explores the connection between the Celtic soul friend tradition and the emergent conversation.The Emerging Anam Cara … [Read more...]

Mysticism: Theory and History

I am very pleased to announce the formation of an online study group that will be reading and reflecting on the writings of the great mystics.Sponsored by Christian Classics Ethereal Library, the group is called Mysticism: Theory and History, and is being moderated by yours truly. This group will be unpacking the great tradition of Christian mystical wisdom: understanding its history, looking at how it developed, and identifying the key themes and teachings. We will do this by getting to know … [Read more...]

Sara Miles is coming to Atlanta

I've just received word that Sara Miles will be in Atlanta, at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, the weekend of April 12-13. On Saturday, the 12th, she and her colleague Paul Fromberg are leading a program on the connection between worship and service, from 9 AM to 2 PM; she returns to St. Luke's the following morning to teach an adult education class.If you don't know Sara's wonderful book, Take This Bread, read my review of it here. Better yet, just get the book. Her website is worth a look-see … [Read more...]

A New Cover for Spirituality

The 2008 reissue of my first book, Spirituality will be going to press later this month. I'm hoping I'll have copies for sale (or, at least, a link to Amazon) before too much longer.In the meantime, here is a mockup of the new cover design. The actual cover may look slightly different, but this will give you the general idea. Incidentally, the butterfly photograph was taken by my lovely wife, Fran. … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

It is, I think, a mark of maturity to acknowledge the fallibility of faith and the possibility that what one takes to be a revelation of God may be mistaken. — John MacQuarrie, Two Worlds Are Ours: An Introduction to Christian Mysticism … [Read more...]

Five Wishes

Five Wishes: How Answering One Simple Question Can Make Your Dreams Come True By Gay Hendricks Novato, CA: New World Library, 2007 Review by Carl McColmanSigh. I think I must suffer from new age overload. Books that promise to "make your dreams come true" but then prattle on about letting go of "limiting beliefs" and using present-tense affirmations are hardly news. So why am I reviewing this slender little volume? Basically, because despite its use of new age language and concepts, it is … [Read more...]


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