Thoughts on a Friday

I have a role to play in the story of God, which means I am a character.  At the same time, I am to play that role with integrity and grace, which means I have character that can be measured as good or lacking goodness.  My character is good to the degree that it grows…

Why I love…

Eugene Peterson, a person I’ve never met, who’s never heard of me, and whose most well-known work I’ve never read. At a time when I was feeling battered, uncertain, and living in a foreign land on the second floor of a small concrete house, at the end of a dead-end alley, in an unheated room…

Thoughts on a Friday

If I, even for a moment, accept my culture’s definition of me, I am rendered harmless. –Eugene Peterson

Thoughts on a Friday

Some heartening thoughts on the day when so many around the world will celebrate in the name of the mysterious St. Valentine.  😉 My brother or sister, if you live out of the center, you win.  On a given day you might be more depressed than anything else, but when your life is hidden with…

I wanted to post this while it’s still January 11th where I live… More resources are available here and here.

Reading Colossians for Christmas

For the last few months I’ve been studying Ephesians, Philemon, and Colossians, wending my way back and forth between the books in several different settings.  I got mired in Colossians in the weeks leading up to and beginning the Advent season, which turns out to have been a fantastic thing! I’ve been enthusiastic about Colossians…

The Rule of St. Francis

In Donald Spoto’s book Reluctant Saint, on the life of Francis of Assisi, he includes the text below and indicates that it is the essence of the Rule Francis proposed for his community.  I’m not sure of Spoto’s source of this information, but it’s worth sharing nonetheless, and Lent seems as good a time as…

Thoughts on a Friday

God is not an art critic who makes aesthetic judgments, nor is God a philosopher who issues metaphysical definitions or decrees.  Rather, God is more like a cantor who chants His Creation into existence and rejoices everlastingly over its beautiful harmony.  His song continues, and its melody moves and inspires humankind to restore beauty and…