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Cost of Discipleship In the last few years I have come to know and understand more and more the profound this-worldliness of Christianity. The Christian is not a homo religiosus but simply a human being, in the same way that Jesus was a human being—in contrast, perhaps, to John the Baptist. I do not meanContinue reading “Bonhoeffer on worldliness”
I received your invitationIt was earlyI wasn’t sure why I should goOther than to seeWhat I had not seen You had awakenedMy curiosityAnd I wandered into the lightOf a new dayBeginning to shineOver the dancing waters You are relentlessStubborn no doubtAlways calling my nameAlways reaching out Into the party I cameWith my head bowed lowBecauseContinue reading “Surf’s Up”
The HEALINGI The grace that is the health of creatures can only be held in common. In healing the scattered members come together. In health the flesh is graced, the holy enters the world. II The task of healing is to respect oneself as a creature, no more and no less. A creature is notContinue reading “The Healing”
We have been told from oldLove God, Love neighborThis is our callingThis is our labor Our elders have spokenTime and againAbout the need for communityIn order to be a friend Witnesses of truthHave spoken at lengthHow in the endPersonal relationships save everything Community, they sayHolds the cureTo the long lonelinessAnd the sin of despair Emerson,Continue reading “Relationships”
“37And, hearing this, they were pierced in heart and said to Peter and the rest of the Apostles, “What may we do, men, brothers?” 38And Peter said to them, “Change your hearts, and let each of you be baptized upon the name of Jesus the Anointed, for the forgiveness of your sins, and you willContinue reading “And hearing this…”
It is true that the materialistic society, the so-called culture that has evolved under the tender mercies of capitalism, has produced what seems to be the ultimate limit of this worldliness. And nowhere, except perhaps in the analogous society of pagan Rome, has there ever been such a flowering of cheap and petty and disgustingContinue reading “Merton on Capitalism”
Fight, struggle, strain and give everything you have been given to be the absolute best human being you can possibly be. As you do this, you will lose what was needed to be lost. You will shed what was keeping you from growing and you will defend yourself, without even trying, from getting stuck inContinue reading “Come on- fight the good fight”
As long as we have forgotten that everything we have ever been given is a gift, then we will continue to compete, compare and complain. Consequently, our hypocrisy will shine like the sun and our callous hearts will grow harder and harder. But if we 🛑 and take big inhale of free air and startContinue reading “You have forgotten”
Remember- there is a difference between talking and sharing your experience, strength and hope.Of course we (Christians) are familiar with Jesus’s warnings about the use of our tongues and our idle words (words that are spoken to guilt, shame, humilate, boast, brag, incite fear or violence, encourage gluttony, pride and mindless consuming, nourish nonsense, offerContinue reading “Talking vs Speaking Love”
There is a huge difference between words like truth, belief, faith, hope and trust. The definitions of these words matter because distinctions matter. However, we can only make distinctions when we recover the definitions of terms and we acknowledge and embrace our humility by admitting there are a lot of things that we do notContinue reading “Definitions, Distinctions and Ignorance”
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