Rituals are not beholden to our thinking but shape our thinking and when necessary step in the gap when our minds are tired and our feelings empty.
Christian Faith & Life
I’m really getting to like the Lord’s Prayer. Not in the slightest bit boring. Here are three things in particular have struck me these past couple of weeks (even though the prayer has a lot more going for it that just three things).
Expanding your faith is like renovating your house. Your 120 year-old Victorian is rock solid, the envy of the neighborhood, though maybe needing a touch up here and there. Until an expert builder does a walk through—and what he finds isn’t pretty. One side of the house is resting on a badly cracked foundation. You couldn’t tell on […]
Ever feel like you don’t have your spiritual act together, like you’re not feeling that “victory in Jesus” everyone else seems to have bubbling out of their eyes and ears? Me too. Some time back it dawned on me that the Old Testament can help here, more than the New Testament. Yes, you heard me. The […]
Rowan Williams (Master of Magdalene House, Cambridge University, and former Archbishop of Canterbury) has a wonderful discussion on baptism in his wonderful little book Being Christian. Here’s a bit of it I really like: So baptism means being with Jesus ‘in the depths’: the depths of human need, including the depths of our own selves in their need—but also […]
For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life? ~ Matthew 16:26 . . . attempt to understand the true nature of worldly feelings, namely, the feelings of self-promotion, self-glorification. They are not natural, they were invented by […]
Doubt, lack of certainty, skepticism. Call it what you will. The experience is inevitable in the Christian faith. We all get to points in our lives where we just don’t “know what we believe anymore.” When we enter that period, our first priority is not to get out of it, fix it, and bring it all back […]
A few years ago, 10 perhaps, I was at an academic conference that featured a debate of sorts on the resurrection of Christ between N. T. Wright and John Dominic Crossan, well-known scholar of early Christianity. I say “debate of sorts” because I think the evening was billed to be a dual between the forces […]
[I posted this originally in February, but I am posting it again as we are in the Christmas season. I know people who are struggling mightily with depression and spiritual darkness because it is Christmas time. Sometimes it helps to know you are not alone.] On and off over the last few months, I’ve been reading Mother Teresa: Come […]
I don’t normally get emotional at the Dollar Tree. I mean, the prices are great, but I usually don’t get choked up about it. I was getting into my car, and parked beside me—crooked—was a white Civic. A elderly woman got out. She walked around the car slowly. She was carrying an oxygen tank with those damn […]