Listening for the Still, Small Voice: Reflections on Kristen Vincent’s book “A Bead and a Prayer”

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“God was not in the wind…God was not in the earthquake…God was not in the fire; and after the fire, the sound of sheer silence.” (I Kings 19:11-12) We are people, used to noise and constant communication that often fragments and distracts rather than unites and focuses. At my local Cape Cod market, I sing [Read More...]

Big Enough Desires? Reflections on Jen Pollock Michel’s “Teach Us to Want”

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Jen Pollock Michel’s Teach Us to Want: Longing, Ambition, and the Life of Faith is an honest and insightful book, born of her own experience of responding to the legion of desires characteristic of daily life as a mother, spouse, and professional seeking to be faithful to God’s call. She invites us to explore the [Read More...]

Jesus in Our Genes: A Response to Christian Piatt’s “Blood Doctrine”

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Does carrying Jesus’ DNA imply that you will embody Jesus’ spiritual unity with God? Was Jesus’ own unity with God a matter of nurture as well as nature? [Read more...]

C. S. Lewis and the Gift of Perspective: A Conversation with Alister McGrath

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I read Alister McGrath’s If I Had Lunch with C.S. Lewis (now featured in the Patheos Book Club) in light of the current religious and cultural polarization of our time. The United Methodist Church is conducting trials to discipline pastors who perform same sex marriages. Religious leaders protest the showing of the film Noah because they [Read More...]

Mature Discipleship and the Way of Blessing: Reflections on Ron Rolheiser’s “Sacred Fire”

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Reflections on Ronald Rolheiser’s new book Sacred Fire: A Vision for a Deeper Human and Christian Maturity There are many spiritual pathways for the many seasons of our lives, for our personal contexts, gender and sexual orientation, and personality types. A personal God has a personal relationship with every creature. God’s center is everywhere and focuses [Read More...]

Knowing Too Much and Sharing Too Little: A Response to Death at the Movies: Hollywood’s Guide to the Hereafter

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A Response to Death at the Movies: Hollywood’s Guide to the Hereafter, by Lyn and Tom Davis Genelli Death at the Movies is a tour through cinematic images of the afterlife. Movies and television programs both reflect and shape our opinions and interests.  One area of great interest in recent years is the nature of the [Read More...]

The Elvis in All of Us: Responding to “The Seeker King: The Spirituality Biography of Elvis Presley”

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There is a saying, “God is like Elvis, you see God everywhere.” In light of Gary Tillery’s The Seeker King, we might say “We are like Elvis, you’ll see us everywhere.”  Elvis Presley once admitted, “All I want is to know the truth, to know and experience God. I’m a searcher, that’s what I’m all about.”  [Read More...]


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