Pilgrimage

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 […]

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len on March 15th, 2016

Who had heard of “missional” church prior to 1998 (the publication by the GOCN)? Now “missional” is everywhere, and while some of it is just buzz, many have found fresh engagement. Sometimes we need new language in order to see. Similarly, the language of “place” recovers a lost imagination, one obscured in the legacy of […]

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len on November 21st, 2015

“I think we have all learned by the middle of life that people do not change easily. We try to change others, we try to change ourselves, we try to improve situations by better communication methods, various coercive means and sincere prayer, but, dang it, most of us are just like we used to be. […]

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len on November 19th, 2015

Richard Rohr writes, “The most common substitute for liminal space is “liminoid” space. I must admit that organized religion is expert at offering people the liminoid. It feels like the real thing, it feels different while actually reaffirming ego and persona. It is the much-touted trip to poor Guatemala, where you stay in the American […]

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len on October 31st, 2015

“It seems to me that every human life has the elements of a sea voyage, of a journey and an arrival. That every human life is also like a vessel that contains innumerable other lives for which we have a deep responsibility. That this vessel journeys from one unknown sea to another as we go […]

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len on October 16th, 2015

On the Camino de Santiago there are three distinct categories of participants: pilgrims, walkers and tourists. The tourists are the ones who are mostly there to visit the quaint villages and enjoy the beautiful landscapes of France and Spain. The pilgrimage represents a nice holiday for them, with all the benefits of spending time outdoors […]

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len on May 4th, 2015

Jesus says, “Make your home in me, as I make mine in you.” (John 15:4, MSG) Henri Nouwen writes that everyone lives in one of two houses: the house of fear or the house of love. Many who follow Jesus still live in the house of fear; many who don’t claim to follow him live […]

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len on April 5th, 2015

When I was a boy, each week On Sunday, we would go to church And pay attention to the priest And he would read the Holy Word. And consecrate the holy bread And everyone would kneel and bow Today the only difference is Everything is holy now. Everything, everything, Everything is holy now . . […]

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len on April 1st, 2015

He blesses every love which weeps and grieves And now he blesses hers who stood and wept And would not be consoled, or leave her love’s Last touching place, but watched as low light crept Up from the east. A sound behind her stirs A scatter of bright birdsong through the air. She turns, but […]

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len on March 24th, 2015

When most believers use the phrase “God is in control,” they have no idea what they are really saying. We tend to make God the devil by making him responsible for everything that happens. But divine determinism is not the biblical view. I spoke this sermon on March 8th of this year. God is – […]

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