Pilgrimage

len on May 20th, 2017

Continue reading about exiles

len on January 16th, 2017

Begin the song exactly where you are, Remain within the world of which you’re made. Call nothing common in the earth or air, Accept it all and let it be for good. Start with the very breath you breathe in now, This moment’s pulse, this rhythm in your blood And listen to it, ringing soft […]

Continue reading about singing bowl

len on December 13th, 2016

Linda Cannell’s article closes Part IV of Life in the Spirit (IVP, 2010) with, “Theology, Spiritual Formation and Theological Education.” Her essay has some interesting connections to the arguments James Smith makes in Desiring the Kingdom, esp his closing chapter, “A Christian University is for Lovers.” (Or more recently his boiled down version “We Are […]

Continue reading about church, academy and the desire for God

len on December 10th, 2016

In the first centuries the Church had a beautiful custom of praying seven great prayers calling afresh on Christ to come, calling him by the mysterious titles he has in Isaiah, calling to him; O Wisdom. O Root! O Key O Light! come to us! Malcolm writes, “Of all the mystic titles of Christ, this […]

Continue reading about Advent III

len on December 3rd, 2016

In the first centuries the Church had a beautiful custom of praying seven great prayers calling afresh on Christ to come, calling him by the mysterious titles he has in Isaiah, calling to him; O Wisdom. O Root! O Key O Light! come to us! The evening prayer, also know as Vespers, always includes the […]

Continue reading about Advent II

len on November 30th, 2016

O Come O come Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel.. This prayer is still ours as we wait for the return of Jesus. We are God’s people in exile, a broken people, at some times worshipping the true God, at other times worshipping an image of godness, self-created, a dead idol that will not confront our […]

Continue reading about Waiting – Grief – Emmanuel

len on November 30th, 2016

In the first centuries the Church had a beautiful custom of praying seven great prayers calling afresh on Christ to come, calling him by the mysterious titles he has in Isaiah, calling to him; O Wisdom! O Root! O Key! O Light! Come to us! The evening prayer, also know as Vespers, always includes the […]

Continue reading about Advent

len on November 30th, 2016

May my mind come alive today To the invisible geography That invites me to explore new frontiers To break free from the dead shell of yesterdays, To risk being disturbed and changed. May I have the courage today To live the life that I would love, To postpone my dreams no longer But to do […]

Continue reading about today

len on November 24th, 2016

IV Standing on the thrusting grass by the choked pear-tree The gnarled gardener is older than the trunk he tends. The tendrils of the weed he strips from the limb Have wrapped round both its twigs and his And link the laddered acid of his seed Back down to planet and to plant. His fingers […]

Continue reading about Imago Mundi

len on May 16th, 2016

Love this statement by Tim Keel — “people call and they want our doctrinal statement and I refuse to give one out. You know why? Because it is shorthand. It says, Oh, that’s the kind of community you are. And people in our culture today shop church. In other words, we’re so concerned with orthodoxy […]

Continue reading about orthodoxy