Advance praise for “Answering the Contemplative Call”

What do Brian D. McLaren, Carmen Acevedo Butcher, Ian Morgan Cron, Kyriacos Markides, Mirabai Starr, Phyllis Tickle, Richard Rohr, and Tilden Edwards (plus some others) have in common?They have all offered praise for my forthcoming book, Answering the Contemplative Call!I'm honored and humbled that these folks, all of whom are among my favorite writers, would be so kind as to read and respond to my book, the follow-up to my 2010 book The Big Book of Christian Mysticism.I've set up a … [Read more...]

A Flock of Books (for the Wild Goose Festival)

Here's a gallery of selected books by some of the speakers, authors, conversationalists, storytellers, and agitators who will be present at the first Wild Goose Festival, to be held in North Carolina this coming June 23-26. If you're like me, you probably find this list of books in itself to be pretty exciting. Imagine the opportunity to hear ā€” and interact with ā€” the authors of all these books, along with a few thousand other creative, visionary, and justice-oriented people of faith. Throw in so … [Read more...]

What do Brian McLaren and Carolyn Myss have in common?

What do Brian McLaren and Carolyn Myss have in common? And, for that matter, Phyllis Tickle, Cynthia Bourgeault, and Richard Rohr? They have all endorsed The Big Book of Christian Mysticism.Over the last few weeks, while I've been proofreading the manuscript, the publisher and I have sent it out to a number of authors, college professors, and clergypersons, for feedback and potential endorsements. Now, to God be the glory in all of this: to date we have received the following responses, all of … [Read more...]

God is love (and the Eskimo words for snow)

There's a popular urban legend that the Eskimo have many words for snow. It's kind of like saying "Europeans have many words for water" ā€” there is more than one language among the Inuit, and even within one language, often various words are employed to describe similar phenomena: think of the English words river, rain and ocean, for example. The urban legend persists, though, because it asks an interesting cultural question: how do languages evolve to parse out distinctions in meaning? The Urban … [Read more...]

Christianity, Islam & Buddhism (or, Two Conversations)

I had two conversations yesterday with two different people. While on the surface they seem to be entirely different conversations concerning different matters, on reflection I see that they are two aspects of the same discourse. They both involved the question of how Christianity (and individual Christians) ought to be relating to other religious traditions (and the practitioners of those traditions). Here's what happened:First, someone forwarded to my wife an alarmist video about projected … [Read more...]

The Emerging Church: Day 3

Well, the first Emerging Church Conference sponsored by the Center for Action and Contemplation is over. And if you weren't there (or logged in to the webcast), there will probably be another one next April. And in the meantime, DVDs and CDs of this year's event will be made available soon. … [Read more...]

The Emerging Church: Day 2

I know realize just what the logic was in putting together the Emerging Church Conference Schedule. Day 1, featuring Phyllis Tickle, Brian McLaren and Richard Rohr, was the "Contemplation" day. Today, featuring Alexie Torres-Fleming and Shane Claiborne, complements yesterday by focusing more on "Action." I felt a little underwhelmed by yesterday's programming, mainly because IĀ  had done my homework and was quite familiar with what all the presenters had to say. Today, however, I got a clear … [Read more...]


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