“We are impatient, anxious to see the whole picture, but God lets us see things slowly, quietly. The Church [has] to learn how to wait.” – Pope Francis, quoted in Slow Church.
Slow Church, written by C. Christopher Smith and John Pattison (IVP, 2014), is a book that Continue reading
“The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its inmate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything is to succumb to violence. More than that, it is cooperation in violence. The frenzy of the activist neutralizes his work for peace. It destroys his own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of his own work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful.”
– Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, (New York: Doubleday, 1965), p. 81
A great development occurs in us all when we begin discerning who gives the right way and who gives the way that is dead.
“Watch their lives,” Jesus says.
Many have looked and sure enough – Jesus is right! Dead people speak dead advice. Living people speak life and vitality. We are learning from all people.
The hurdle is in coming to know what “living” means.
Yes: This development is a gift – we discover that we can learn from all people. We can respond with gratitude, even if we disagree.
Every day we’ll hear and see Continue reading
The world is frigid and I wonder, year after year, how we endure these frozen, dead months. It’s not these days we endure, but ourselves and our sanity.
The cold drives us to dwell indoors more, yet those who survive these months (even thrive in them!) are the adventurers, those who head out and work in the tundra, or maybe just play there.
This one stands and yells, “You don’t keep me locked behind the gate so to breathe my own airless disease! No! Here I am, free and inhaling God’s magnificent creation! Even if my feet are frozen, I will remain!”
This is the one who has conquered.
I grew up in Southern Idaho, a mile and a half from a small, ancient volcano that had blown a hole in the side of itself. “Tens of thousands of years ago,” they said. Mother even decorated parts of our yard with ancient volcanic rock. And when we three boys dug around we’d swear we’d find dinosaur eggs – rocks that had to have been! They were shaped just like what you’d think. (Only the latter evidence here is suspect.)
Idaho: The Gem State. Southern Idaho: the place where Yellowstone’s hot spot used to be, millions of years ago they say.
There was also a road sign on Highway 25, one of those historical markers, that talked about Prehistoric Man and ancient fossils. You’d face north east when you’d read the sign, out toward “Hunt”, a desolate, ancient desert wilderness filled with sagebrush and antelope.
I remember thinking as a small boy
The Bill Nye + Ken Ham Debate (A Reaction)
Which is it? Is the earth 6,000 years old (4,000 post Noah’s Flood) or is it 4,530,000,000 years old?
What does either answer imply?
The question of origins is a question that comes and goes for me, one I like to toy with, pretend to answer, and then put away for another day.
We friends were curious to hear what Bill Nye and Ken Ham would say about these things; we remembered after dinner and all of a sudden that the debate would be on.
The hinge question in the debate was: “Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern, scientific era?”
Jenny said it best: Continue reading
A Thin Violence in the Desire to Influence
The way is down, friends. This way to freedom.
What does it mean to “influence?” The dictionary reads: “…the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something.”
How do we look at it, at the process of influence? What’s our first visual image? Someone with charisma and someone with a little less than? Someone with a good answer and someone with a little less than? Someone with _______ and someone with a little less than?
Is it the “strong” making something happen in the “weak?”
But, friends, what is “strong?” What is Continue reading