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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len on February 23rd, 2015

February, 2015 Interview with Composer, Performer Steve Bell Len: 25 years is a good career — and doing something you love! Along the way there have been plans — and surprises. Tell us about a few of the surprises. Steve: I’m surprised to be doing this at all. The chances of a folksy, devotionally minded […]

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len on January 15th, 2015

Rubem Alves, the Brazilian poet-philosopher, died this past year. In his memory Called Keefe-Perry writes in Theopoetics, Alves had [a] vision for how it is that he could contribute: “The origin of my liberation theology is an erotic exuberance for life. We need to struggle to restore its erotic exuberance, to share this with the […]

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