Bless, blessing, blessed. These are such common words in the Bible and in conversation. They are also words than carry big concepts. Concepts that shape how we understand the world and God’s presence in it. So how do we start to get some sort of understanding of what these words mean? One place, of course, […]
Christians are often concerned about our responsibility to preserve the unity of the church. This is an important task. Our unity does matter. Sometimes, however, unity becomes the end in itself. We make unity the most important task of the church. Paul talks about unity in Ephesians 4:1-16 I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, […]
Rowan Williams is a wonderful writer and a very thoughtful Christian. I highly recommend this essay of his, Silence in the Face of Mystery.
Christians have always been attentive to reality that prayer, worship, the sacraments and other spiritual practices are important. In many churches and individual people’s lives it is simply a given. But why? Why are those practices important? One of the first things we tend to say is that spiritual practices help us grow closer to […]
Yesterday I wrote about grounding our actions, especially social justice actions in faith. My friend Leslie commented, “A challenge because there are large groups who align with a faith or use faith as an reason for egregious behavior.” And yes, she is correct. How can we know if we are truly centered in God’s will […]
Just a couple more election related thoughts. As A Frank Angle points out in his comment on yesterday’s post- not all Christians vote. Some make a religious argument for not voting. They may believe that as Christians they should not participate in a secular system. I think we are called to participate, because I think […]
Taking a picture of a page in the hymnal is probably not quite legit. But here it is. It has become a favorite hymn of mine. (All the information about the composers- text and hymn tune and the hymnal are at the end of the blog post.) What I particularly want to point out is […]