Come With Me: Brian Zahnd’s Water To Wine Plea

The following is an excerpt from the last chapter of Brian Zahnd’s brand new memoir Water To Wine. It's been an honor to feature excerpts here over the last couple months, and I cannot recommend this book enough. Chapter 9 gives us a powerful, personal plea to "Come with me":I prayed this prayer, "O God, I want to dedicate the rest of my life to knowing you as you are revealed in Christ. As much as I can mean anything in a single moment, I mean this prayer. Help me to know you. Amen … [Read more...]

Brian Zahnd: The Hope of Western Christianity is Mysticism

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 8 of Brian Zahnd’s brand new memoir Water To Wine. Brian has been gracious enough to let me share portions from each chapter every week for the next couple months. Chapter 8 offers a beautiful creation-centric vision of recovering Christian mysticism:When Karl Rahner predicted that "the devout Christian of the future will either be a mystic or he will cease to be anything at all" he was keenly prescient. Indeed, the hope for vibrant Christianity in … [Read more...]

America Walks the Emmaus Road: Brian Zahnd on the Secular and the Sacred

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 7 of Brian Zahnd’s brand new memoir Water To Wine. Brian has been gracious enough to let me share portions from each chapter every week for the next couple months. Chapter 7 may be the fullest exposition of Bishop BZ's central thesis: that more secularism is precisely what the church doesn't need (and more sacredness is precisely what we do need). And it starts with a timely illustration:A sense of the sacred may be what we need most of all right n … [Read more...]

Brian Zahnd is Not Just Spiritual – He’s Religious

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 4 of Brian Zahnd’s brand new memoir Water To Wine. While I've missed a few weeks due to some family health issues, Brian has been gracious enough to let me share portions from each chapter every week for the next couple months. This chapter makes a startling claim - that being religious, not just spiritual, is precisely how we are Christian.In keeping with a healthy dose of rebellion, I unabashedly call myself religious. Self-identifying as a relig … [Read more...]

Brian Zahnd’s Abrahamic Dream – And What It Means For the Church

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 3 of Brian Zahnd’s brand new memoir Water To Wine. Brian has been gracious enough to let me share portions from each chapter over the next couple months. This chapter tells the story of three dreams BZ had during his water-to-wine journey, and this selection focuses on the first: a dream about searching for the faith of Abraham in the "epicenter of capitalism," New York City.At one point in the dream I found myself following the crowd - which rarely is … [Read more...]

Deeper, Richer, Fuller: The Cross and Consumerism in Brian Zahnd’s New Book

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 2 of Brian Zahnd's brand new memoir Water To Wine. Brian has been gracious enough to let me share portions from each chapter over the next couple months. BZ's journey resonates with me greatly, not least because I've also been caught up in a water-to-wine story. This excerpt expresses more of that journey - which begins at the cross.Seen in the light of the Easter dawn, the cross is revealed to be the lost Tree of Life.In the middle of a world do … [Read more...]

Leaving Grape Soda Christianity: A First Look at Brian Zahnd’s Water To Wine

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 1 of Brian Zahnd's brand new book Water To Wine: Some of My Story. Be sure to pick up a copy - it releases today wherever books are sold!I once heard an Italian winemaker say that to produce good wine the grapes must struggle, they must suffer.The taste of good wine is the taste of struggle and suffering mellowed into beauty. There’s a deep truth there that applies to far more than winemaking—it also applies to the formation of the soul. All the gr … [Read more...]

Brian Zahnd on Losing Jesus and Finding Him Again…In Theology and Liturgy!

My bishop-at-large Brian Zahnd wrote yesterday comparing the story of Mary losing young Jesus in Jerusalem to his own faith-experience of losing Jesus. He writes: Losing Jesus. Finding Jesus. Rethinking Jesus. This is how we make spiritual progress. This is the only way we make spiritual progress! Yes! This is exactly my experience, and it's at the heart of discovering what it means to be Jesus-centered anew and afresh. In fact, this is also at the heart of what it means to be a New Ch … [Read more...]

What I Mean By “New Charismatics”

As I relaunch this blog as Faithfindings, I want to designate a space here for posts by and about the New Charismatics.But who are the New Charismatics, you ask?I wrote this piece for Onfaith a few months ago that gives at least a summary glance at what I mean by the term. It's not a formal category (you know, like Southern Baptist or Episcopalian), but it is descriptive of a stream, a movement of sorts, that a growing number of us identify with. And no matter what you call it, there are … [Read more...]

Do We Still Need the Church? Brian Zahnd Gives a Compelling Answer

The church is always in danger of being ditched as a superfluous burden. The church is always just about to be jilted. The church is always down in the count and on the verge of striking out. The church is never as beautiful and winsome as Jesus, and at every moment the disillusioned are composing their “Dear John” letters. This may be the best thing I've read on "why church" in a very long time - and it just so happens to be in the form of a short blog post!But when the post is written by B … [Read more...]


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