Thoughts on Lent 15 ~ Affliction shall Advance the Flight in Me

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The season of Lent rises to its devastating and astonishing conclusion this week. At long last, the veil of the dark night will be forever rent and those who abide in death will have a door to walk through into a new kind of life. Jesus will suffer first (Good Friday), and then the forces that crushed him will themselves be crushed two days later (Resurrection Sunday). In its time it was a cosmic event that, in its starkest movements, occurred beyond the veil, in a place where human eyes cannot … [Read more...]

Thoughts on Lent 14: The In-between Times

Frederick Buechner

The period known as Lent is quickly coming to its climax: "Holy Week" culminating on the Sunday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus from the grave.During the period of approximately six weeks that compose the period of Lent many people of faith do things, or don't do things, as an outward gesture to acknowledge this reflective season and perhaps affect spiritual growth. I can't say how this transaction occurs. But I do believe that, this kind of reflection ought to define the Christian … [Read more...]

C.S. Lewis on Suffering, Let’s Do Lunch ~ a New Book

Alister McGrath

Alistair McGrath's new book If I Had Lunch with C.S.Lewis is a short volume with a lively tea-and-biscuit feel that explores Lewis's ideas on subjects related to the struggle and beauty of faith.The book's casual presentation could be helpful to some, but I stumbled over it.  The issues addressed in Lewis's arsenal of thought are not tea-and-biscuit fare. When Lewis himself broached such matters-- heaven, education or suffering, it typically involved book-length discussions and years of … [Read more...]

Thoughts on Lent 13: Clarity of Mind

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My vocation happens to be that of a writer, though every person's vocation requires clarity of mind. In my case clarity of mind drives the pen. What does it drive in your case? If your mind is cluttered as a writer your words will be tedious and often superfluous. If your mind is cluttered in any vocation, you will feel like you are walking in circles.Whether in my vocation or yours (do you know what your vocation is?), unhealthy dependence upon social media in its various forms carries the … [Read more...]

Will You Come, Lord, to My Boat? A Celtic Prayer: Thoughts on Lent 11

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 A Celtic prayer is attributed to the 10th-century Irish king, Cormac mac Cuileannáin.  Will You steer my frail black bark O'er the dark broad ocean's foam? Will You come, Lord to my boat? Where afloat, my will would roam? Yours the mighty, Yours the small, Your to make men fall like rain. God, will You grant aid to me as I come o'er the upheaving main? (This version is adapted from The Story of the Irish Race, by Seamus MacManus.) Go here to read a Celtic Prayer for Prot … [Read more...]

Thoughts on Lent 8: Read Well, and with a Notebook

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By Wendy MurrayI write in notebooks meaningful passages from books I read. I have volumes of these notebooks that include passages from the works of large-souled thinkers and dreamers, including George MacDonald, Thomas Merton, Albert Camus, Frederick Buechner, Annie Dillard, Isak Dinesen, J.R.R. Tolkien, John Donne, William Shakespeare, Francis de Sales, Henri Nouwen, James Merrill, G. K. Chesterton, St. Augustine, Anthony Trollope, William Maxwell, Willa Cather, E. M. Forester, Graham … [Read more...]

Remembering Mister Rogers and the Light He Left

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By Wendy MurrayFred "Mister" Rogers died on this day 11 years ago. I interviewed Fred "Mister" Rogers in October 1999 for a cover story in Christianity Today (March 2000).  The assignment proved a highlight in my career. And, as time would have it, it was the last major feature article written about Fred Rogers before he died in February 2003, 10 years ago last month. It was also the only feature article to peek into the spiritual side of the Neighborhood, to explore the belief system of … [Read more...]


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