Place

len on November 18th, 2014

Edgar Casey notes that even journeys harbor a commitment to place. Places are more than mere backdrops but provide the medium of journeys, furnishing way stations as well as origins and destinations (274). “Journeys not only take us to places but embroil us in them” (276, Getting Back Into Place”) “Pilgrimage is the kind of […]

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len on September 16th, 2014

Robin Williams, Lauren Bacall, and Philip Seymour Hoffman – who would have noticed that we also lost Robert Farrar Capon recently? I have deeply profited from his gift with language and with theology, and it was a sad day for me when he passed on. I was thinking about Father Capon as I thought about […]

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len on August 31st, 2014

Some time ago I was listening to CBC radio and a discussion with an architect on “ecology and desire.” This past week I heard part of a conversation on our ability to embrace diversity. What was interesting to me about the latter conversation was that it was rooted in BC, the province that has been […]

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len on August 28th, 2014

“I have a recurrent fantasy. The characters in it sometimes change, but the metaphysical substance is the same. It began a few years ago when my wife looked up from her mending to remark that, for a man in my profession, it would be more seemly if something other than the seat of my pants […]

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len on August 22nd, 2014

Reviewed here: Englewood Review “In this thoughtful and interesting work, Leonard explores the importance of place, locality and presence to the Christian faith. In an age when we see the rise of the network to the demise of geographic location contemporary expressions of the neighborhood can feel like co-habilitating strangers. This book creatively explores the […]

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len on August 13th, 2014

The recovery of place has significance for more than the arts; it has rich missional significance. In fact, the recovery of missio Dei is directly related to a recovery of place. Without this way of seeing, the Incarnation becomes a doctrine that we embrace with our minds while refusing to know it in practice. Charles […]

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len on August 2nd, 2014

Who had heard of “missional” church prior to 1998 (the publication by the GOCN)? Now “missional” is everywhere. What really changed? Sometimes we need new language in order to see. The language of “place” recovers a lost imagination, one obscured in the legacy of Modernity where we traded “place” for “space,” the concrete for the […]

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len on July 30th, 2014

Craig Bartholomew writes, “A phenomenology of place is attractive in its receptivity to the richness of creation as it presents itself to the mind, but the problem of abstraction as the key to true knowledge continues to overshadow such an approach. Indeed the great lesson from this history of the philosophy of place in the […]

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len on July 23rd, 2014

“In this thoughtful and interesting work, Leonard explores the importance of place, locality and presence to the Christian faith. In an age when we see the rise of the network to the demise of geographic location contemporary expressions of the neighborhood can feel like co-habilitating strangers. This book creatively explores the place of Christianity to […]

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len on July 22nd, 2014

Who had heard of “missional” church prior to 1998 (the publication by the GOCN)? Now “missional” is everywhere. What really changed? Sometimes we need new language in order to see. The language of “place” recovers a lost imagination, one obscured in the legacy of Modernity where we traded “place” for “space,” the concrete for the […]

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