Job 2:10

I am posting this from my old iMac that I bought in 2002. It's mighty slow and it crashes a lot, but for now, it's all I've got. While Fran and I were at work today, someone broke into our house. They tried to enter through the bathroom window, but only managed to bust up the screen; then they successfully got through the bedroom window, breaking both the screen and the window pane in the process. They ransacked the bedroom, and alas, found about $150 in cash we had squirreled away; then they … [Read more...]

Clutter Bulimia

We're getting ready to have a large spring sale at the bookstore where I work. Selected titles will be discounted 30% — and "selected" means close to a fourth of our current inventory, so there are some real treasures to be found there. We're trying to reduce our inventory level in anticipation of remodeling the book department, hopefully before the Christmas rush kick in six months from now.Cleaning is not my long suit. I'm a packrat and a magpie, I love to fill my life with interesting b … [Read more...]


This has been online for a while, so I suppose many of you already know about it. But it always gives me a chuckle, so I thought I'd post it here for those of you who haven't seen it.PIcasso thought that we should let children teach us how to paint. Watching this video, I think maybe kids could teach us a thing or two about the sacraments as well. … [Read more...]

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Mysticism — Last Call!

If you haven't done so already, please answer one or more of the following questions — and post your thoughts as a comment to this blog post.1. What do you think Christian mysticism is?1b. Why do you care about Christian mysticism?2. What topics or issues would you like to see a book on Christian mysticism address?3. How could a book on Christian mysticism be really, really, helpful to you (so helpful that you’d want to give copies to all your friends and relatives)?4. Have you ever re … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

If I were to say 'I know God', I would be a liar. God is beyond comprehension. Better to be silent and live in humility. If I were to say, 'I do not know God', I would also be a liar.— Jean-Yves Leloup, Being Still: Reflections on an Ancient Mystical Tradition … [Read more...]

Mysticism Wow

When I was a teenager listening to rock music (okay, so I'm a midlifer who still listens to rock, but that's another story), among my friends the worst thing you could say about a musician or a band was that they had "gone commercial." The idea was that pop and rock existed on a continuum, with "pure musicianship" at one end and "money-grubbing sell-outs" at the other. As teenagers, we really couldn't grasp the subtlety that in a free market society, all art is commercial to some extent — we j … [Read more...]

Arguing Theology and Mysticism

Here's an excerpt of a comment I've left on one of last week's posts on this blog, in response to some other folks' comments. I thought it was worth highlighting here on center stage. Mysticism breaks down as soon as we start to argue about it. I have friends online (mostly evangelicals) who love to get into these detailed arguments about the sovereignty of God, or the true nature of the ecclesia, or how best to unpack the Holy Trinity. My eyes always quickly glaze over whenever I encounter one … [Read more...]