Of Sacraments and Idols

by Eugene Peterson But when we return to such natural settings in order to recover such feelings, what ordinarily happens is that we become more attentive to our feelings than to God. We have crossed a line. We are not praying but "using" nature to produce religious feelings. By engaging in the proper rituals and with a little of bit of luck we can manipulate nature for selfish benefit. This is the origin of the antiprayer called magic. Prayer is willingness practiced before God; magic is … [Read more...]

Healing the Land

We Native Americans are a spiritual people. The ideas of a spiritual realm and living in spiritual harmony are not stretches for us to see and understand. Whether we are born-again evangelical Christians or not, young or old, come from reservations or are scattered across the U.S. landscape, we understand worship, prayer, and the spiritual discipline of fasting. Our ancestors have always been a people who fasted and prayed for answers, for direction, for a good harvest, or just to survive … [Read more...]


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