More on the Fortress and the Beacon

Sometimes I'm a slow learner. My "fortress and beacon" analogy (see yesterday's post) emerged out an email correspondence I'm having with a Catholic laywoman who is feeling called to the contemplative life, but also feels the tension with mainstream Catholics who are afraid of, or hostile to, contemplative and centering prayer, because of their alleged new age or eastern mystical characteristics (as I've said repeatedly on this blog, I think such fears/hostility are groundless and based on … [Read more...]

A Fortress or a Beacon?

Is Christianity a fortress or a beacon?In other words, is the primary function of Christianity to defend the good guys from the bad guys, or is its primary function to shine a light that will illuminate everyone, the good and the bad alike?It's a good question. But maybe this question poses a false dichotomy. We could just as easily say that Christianity is meant to be both "a mighty fortress" and the "light of the world." I agree, let's not get dualistic here. Nevertheless, where should we … [Read more...]

Earth Abbey

The ever-vigilant Mike Morrell sent me this link — to Earth Abbey, a British-based community that describes itself as... ... a movement of people helping one another to live more in tune with the earth. We work to promote:A rich relational life between human beings A compassion toward the earth and its creatures A sense of interconnectedness of all life Wisdom and justice in relationships Human fulfilment and the nurture of the inner life A way of living that leaves the earth better than … [Read more...]

A Vegan Christian Website and Blog

I have just learned about a website and blog of a vegan Christian who recognizes a link between her faith and her diet: All Things New: A Christian Conversation on Food … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

We become contemplatives when God discovers Himself in us. — Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation … [Read more...]

Consuming Jesus

Consuming Jesus: Beyond Race and Class Divisions in a Consumer Church By Paul Louis Metzger Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2007 Review by Carl McColmanChristianity is a counter-cultural movement, right? Well, you might not think so, based on how the faith plays out in the media and the imagination of many westerners. Sure, conservative Christians are forever on the march against secular and liberal attitudes toward human sexuality. But it seems like, for too many Christians, that's where … [Read more...]

The Books I Would Take

Twice this week, an interesting question came up.A few nights ago my wife had a nightmare. In it there was an unspecified terrorist attack on Atlanta, and we were forced to evacuate. We only had a few minutes to decide what to take with us. She shared the dream with me the following morning, and we talked about what would be important enough to grab: Rhiannon's meds? My laptop? Family photos? My eyes gazed over the literally thousands of books that fill our house. I wondered, which books would … [Read more...]


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