Following Rocky Balboa into the Wilderness of Lent

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Among the many roots of the season of Lent is the remembrance that Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness at the beginning of his ministry. As we enter into our own 40 days of discipline, it would be good to ask what, exactly, Jesus was going out to the desert to do? The answers in the history of interpretation are varied. To fast, to pray, to reflect—those were certainly among Jesus’s activities, but to what purpose? The best answers and analogies may come not from Bible commentaries, but from mo … [Read more...]

Becoming God Adapted

I like long races--ultramarathons, half-Ironman and Ironman triathlons, hundred mile bike rides.  Endurance, more than speed, is my game.  As any endurance athlete knows nutrition is key to a good race.  I once heard an ultramarathoner describe racing 26.2 mile plus distances as an eating contest with some running thrown in.  Too much, too little, the wrong mix can cause an endurance athlete to fall short of the goal and perhaps even fail to finish the race.  Its for that reason that many endu … [Read more...]

Push the Limits

Do something today that pushes your body to the limits--it could be a long run, a long hike, a long bike ride, or a hard game of ultimate Frisbee.  Whatever it is, let your body move to the brink where you can't go any more, but then you discover that you can.  Let this experience of your body teach your soul how to endure the hardships and pains that come in life.  The Christian life, scripture is clear, is about endurance.  Learn to endure. … [Read more...]

Be with the body

Com (with) + muni (body)-- being with the body, that is what we do as we gather together to partake in the Eucharist.  Today be with the body, the body of Christ as remembered in the bread and wine, and with the body of Christ now made manifest in the church.  Be as centered on being with fellow Christians, as Christ's body, as you are with the bread and wine of communion. … [Read more...]