len on July 26th, 2013

LORD LET ME SEE Lord let me see, see more and more: See the beauty of a person, not the colour of the skin, See the faces of the homeless with no-one to take them in, See discouragement because she’ll never win, See the face of our Lord in the pain. Lord let me see. […]

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len on July 8th, 2013

Oh my… I can hardly breathe… Your name, oh God… There is none like you in the whole of the cosmos! Since all creation is your creation, nothing in creation can compare. That would be a logical impossibility. Your glory is far beyond anything knowable to the senses. Yet the mere babble of infants is […]

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len on July 6th, 2013

Brian McGaffigan writes, “In classical Christian spirituality, there are two essential ways of praying: meditation and contemplation. This distinction itself is based upon a prior one: very early on in Christian spiritual writings, authors distinguished between something they called praxis and something they called theoria. Praxis referred to everything we can do in our attempt […]

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len on July 1st, 2013

“Mature musicians don’t rush through each note of a song, so they can say, “Good! Another song completed! Check that one off the list!” No, the best musicians enter into the mystery of music with a sense of wonder and leisure mixed with intensity, the opposite of hurry… “As musicians draw the bow across the […]

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len on June 13th, 2013

In Poetic Theology, William Dyrness argues that one legacy of the Reformation was the loss of contemplation. We began to privilege the ear over the eye, the head over the heart, and beauty was to be found outside the sanctuary. Calvin was intent on placing “the emphasis on the people and their discipleship in the […]

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len on May 3rd, 2013

Christ has no body here but ours, no hands or feet here on earth but ours. Ours are the eyes through which he looks down on this world with kindness. Ours are the hands through which he works. Ours are the feet on which he moves. Ours are the voices through which he speaks to […]

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len on April 25th, 2013

In Real Church, Larry Crabb is arguing that this is the wrong question. However, it’s a little more complex than that, because many of us come to Christ with little maturity, and self-improvement is attractive, and not all bad! God works with us where we are, and moves us toward something richer. In chapter 5 […]

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len on February 1st, 2013

Have you ever walked a labyrinth? What might you be attracted to such a practice? Why would you hesitate? Have you ever encountered ordinary things that suddenly became a symbol for something more? Have you used ordinary bread and ordinary juice and believed that somehow Christ met you in a special way among that company […]

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len on January 28th, 2013

Richard Rohr writes, “The gift that true contemplatives offer to themselves and society is that they know themselves as a part of a much larger Story, a much larger Self. In that sense, centered people are profoundly conservative, knowing that they stand on the shoulders of their ancestors and the Perennial Tradition. yet true contemplatives […]

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len on December 18th, 2012

Scot McKnight noted last year that one of his favorite Christmas hymns is, “O Come, O Come Immanuel,” a 12th Century hymn originally penned in Latin. It wasn’t until 2008 that I heard the Latin version and since then have heard two more renditions in Latin – the most recent being a version sung by […]

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