To Dance with God
Saturday, December 31, 2011
To Dance with God
Friday, December 30, 2011
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Stanley Hauerwas: Hannah's Child - a theologian's memoir, pg 38 [Kindle edition]
"It was a horse" on catapult magazine
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
He did not wait
Saturday, December 24, 2011
The Risk of Birth
With the earth betrayed by war & hate
And a comet slashing the sky to warn
That time runs out & the sun burns late.
In a land in the crushing grip of Rome;
Honour & truth were trampled by scorn --
Yet here did the Saviour make his home.
The inn is full on the planet earth,
And by a comet the sky is torn --
Yet Love still takes the risk of birth.
Friday, December 23, 2011
George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss, page 311 New York Century edition.
The Advent of Justice
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Quoted by Dorothy L Sayers, in the Preface to her book, The Mind of the Maker.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Surprised by Hope
Note in one of my older Bibles - not sure now if it was written by me or copied from somewhere else (!)
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
"Sprituality in a Postmodern Era"
in The Blackwell Reader in Pastoral and Practical Theology
Monday, December 05, 2011
Rob Bell & Don Golden
Jesus Wants to Save Christians
Saturday, December 03, 2011
quoted in Subversive Orthodoxy: Outlaws, Revolutionaries and other Christians in disguise by Robert Inchausti
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Kenda Creasy Dean
Thursday, November 17, 2011
The implication of this for pastoral work is plain: it begins in prayer. Anything creative, anything powerful, anything biblical, insofar as we are participants in it, originates in prayer. Pastors who imitate the preaching and moral action of the prophets without also imitating the prophets' deep praying and worship so evident in the Psalms are an embarrassment to the faith and an encumbrance to the church.
Working the Angles: the shape of pastoral integrity, by Eugene Peterson, page 40
Be Not Afraid
Monday, November 14, 2011
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, quoted in More Daily Prayers for Busy People, by William J O'Malley, page 173
Friday, November 11, 2011
Dale Ralph Davis in The Wisdom and the Folly: an exposition of the Book of First Kings, page 181
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Malcolm Muggeridge, quoted in Imagine, by Steve Turner, page 127
Jack Clemo, in A Different Drummer, TV documentary, BBC 1980, quoted on page 122 of Imagine, by Steve Turner.
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
The Great Awakening
See also my recent post
Friday, October 28, 2011
We must take a moment to be frightened. 'When Solomon was old...' How that text ought to goad older believers to pray the last petition of the Lord's Prayer [deliver us from evil]. Is there not a warning to churches as well, who have a fixation on youth ministry and a love affair with young marrieds and/or young families? Need we not exercise far more vigilance over our over-sixties crowd, many of whom will doubtless meet the major troubles of their lives in their final years?
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
The Divine Commodity
Friday, October 21, 2011
The Fidelity of Betrayal
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
How Do You Know You’re Not Wrong? (pp. 28-29) by Paul Copan
"I have always found it a mistake to attempt to complete a manuscript in one day. I like to do part of it--enough to get the theme well on to my mind--and then go to bed with the work half-done. I do not consciously review the matter during the night: yet I invariably wake up with a batch of ideas that were not there the previous day."
Ships of Pearl, 16, by F W Boreham.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Very carefully; but, I would also say, joyfully. That's the most important thing Christians can do. They should live in the United States, for example, without pretending they are at home here because they are not at home anywhere. Every social order is going to give Christians peculiar challenges. Christians belong to a worldwide church that has great and varied resources; they're not trapped in any one country. Their home is part of a movable feast.
The Hauerwas Reader
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
The Magnificent Defeat
Friday, October 07, 2011
"2005 Stanford University Commencement Address"
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Wisdom Distilled from the Daily
N T Wright (source not known, but possibly The Future of Preaching, Geoffrey Stevenson, editor, (SCM Press, 2010), p. 138
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
Karl Barth, in ‘The Task of the Ministry’ in The Word of God and the Word of Man (pg 186)
Friday, September 23, 2011
the open-minded find it right on their doorstep.
Proverbs 14: 6 (Message translation)
The ineffable inhabits the magnificent and the common, the grandiose and the tiny facts of reality alike. Some people sense this quality at distant intervals in extraordinary events; others sense it in the ordinary events, in every fold, in every nook; day after day, hour after hour. To them things are bereft of triteness....Slight and simple as things may be - a piece of paper, a morsel of bread, a word, a sigh - they hide a never-ending secret: a glimpse of God? kinship with the spirit of being? an eternal flash of a will?
Abraham Heschel, from Man is Not Alone: A Philosophy of Religion
Monday, September 19, 2011
Ben Myers: At the Circus
G K Chesterton, in Orthodoxy, page 99
Jerome Miller in The Way of Suffering: a geography of crisis, page 47.
Friday, September 16, 2011
On John Howard Yoder, qtd. in The New Christians
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Through the Year with Oscar Romero
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Engaging the Powers
Monday, September 12, 2011
Just as Galileo finally made us realize that the Bible meant something else when it said the sun stoo still, God’s unwillingness to bend to my prayers finally made me realize that Jesus meant something else when he said every prayer would be answered. It will be. But not with answers, with the Answer.
William J O’Malley – More Daily Prayers for Busy People – pg 10
Friday, September 09, 2011
John Howard Yoder
Thursday, September 08, 2011
Signs of Emergence
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
No Future Without Forgiveness
Saturday, September 03, 2011
The truth is that there is a real humility typical of our time; but it so happens that it is practically a more poisonous humility than the wildest prostrations of the ascetic.
G K Chesterton, in Orthodoxy. (no page reference given)
A community is only being created when its members accept that they are not going to achieve great things, that they are not going to be heroes, but simply live each day with new hope, like children, in wonderment as the sun rises and in thanksgiving as it sets. Community is only being created when they have recognized that the greatness of man is to accept his insignificance, his human condition and his earth, and to thank God for having put in a finite body the seeds of eternity which are visible in small and daily gestures of love and forgiveness. The beauty of man is in this fidelity to the wonder of each day.Jean Vanier
Community and Growth
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
To be alive is to be broken. And to be broken is to stand in need of grace. Honesty keeps us in touch with our neediness and the truth that we are saved sinners. There is a beautiful transparency to honest disciples who never wear a false face and do not pretend to be anything but who they are.
The Ragamuffin Gospel
Sunday, July 24, 2011
You do not have to be holy to love God. You have only to be human. Nor do you have to be holy to see God in all things. You have only to play as a child with an unselfish heart.
See also this blog post written on the occasion of Kelty's death at 95. It includes one of Kelty's homilies.
Friday, July 22, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
... God's vision for a better future has much more to do with making a difference than with making a dollar. It has more to do with creating a new reconciled global community of justice and celebration than with producing a new global community of consumption. It has more to do with coming home to Jerusalem than with returning to Babylon. It is through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ that we are all invited to devote our lives to the subversive cause of the mustard seed that is destined to redeem a people and transform a world.
Mustard Seed vs. McWorld
Saturday, July 16, 2011
God wants all people to have access to the productive resources to be able to earn a living. Justice for everyone, particularly the disadvantaged, takes precedence over the rights of the person able to pay the market price for land. Thus, the rights of the poor and disadvantaged to possess the means to earn a decent living take precedence over the rights of the more prosperous to make a profit.
Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger
Friday, July 15, 2011
The question I ask myself is: if I put a certain amount of money away for my livelihood post-career instead of giving it away, does that reflect that I only “sort-of” trust God to provide for me later in life?Paul Chaplin
"My comfort tomorrow or someone else’s today?" in catapult magazine
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Can overfed, comfortably clothed, and luxuriously housed persons understand poverty? Can we truly feel what it is like to be a nine-year-old boy playing outside a village school he cannot attend because his father is unable to afford the books? Can we comprehend what it means for poverty-stricken parents to watch with helpless grief as their baby daughter dies of a common childhood disease because they, like at least one-quarter of our global neighbors today, lack access to elementary health services? Can we grasp the awful truth that thirty-four thousand children die every day of hunger and preventable diseases?
Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger
Thursday, July 07, 2011
Any father ... must finally give his child up to the wilderness and trust to the providence of God. It seems almost a cruelty for one generation to beget another when parents can secure so little for their children, so little safety, even in the best circumstances. Great faith is required to give the child up, trusting God to honor the parents’ love for him by assuring that there will indeed be angels in that wilderness.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
M Scott Peck - source unknown.
Friday, June 17, 2011
The Gospel is “...exclusive in the sense of affirming the unique truth in the revelation of Jesus Christ, but not in the sense of denying the possibility of salvation to those outside the Christian faith; inclusive in the sense of refusing to limit the saving grace of God to Christians, but not in the sense of viewing other religions as salvific; pluralist in the sense of acknowledging the gracious work of God in the lives of all human beings, but not in the sense of denying the unique and decisive nature of what God has done in Jesus Christ.”
Lesslie Newbigin, The Gospel in a Pluralistic Society, pp 182-3
Too often the price exacted by society for security and respectability is that the Christian movement in its formal expression must be on the side of the strong against the weak. This is a matter of tremendous significance, for it reveals to what extent a religion that was born of a people acquainted with persecution and suffering has become the cornerstone of a civilization and of nations whose very position in modern life too often has been secured by a ruthless use of power applied to defenseless peoples.
Jesus and the Disinherited
Thursday, June 16, 2011
“A genuine Christian radicalism cannot be built upon woolliness of belief, vague liberalism, or the assumption that theology and dogma do not matter. Theology is highly toxic and nothing could be more disastrous for Christian rebels than the kind of ‘theological striptease’, which divests itself of as much belief as possible. When we are confronting monsters, we need all the theological and spiritual resources we can get. We need more theology, not less” (p.76).
Kenneth Leech, “English Rising” in Prayer and Prophecy.
Wednesday, June 08, 2011
I’m convinced that bad art derives, like bad literary theory, from bad theology. To know God falsely is to write and paint and sculpt and cook and dance Him falsely. Perhaps it’s not poor artistic skill that yields bad Christian art, in other words, but poor Christianity.Tony Woodlief
"Bad Christian Art" from Image
Tuesday, June 07, 2011
...nowhere in the New Testament does the ‘end of the world’ bring about the second coming of Christ. The New Testament looks forward to the very reverse, that the second coming of Christ will bring the end of destruction and persecution in the world. Anyone who reads the ‘signs of the time’ with the eyes of his own existential anxiety reads them falsely. If they can be read at all, they can be read by Christians only with the eyes of hope in the future of Christ.
Jurgen Moltmann, in The Crucified Christ, (page 21, SCM edition)
Thursday, June 02, 2011
The task of art is enormous. Through the influence of real art, aided by science, guided by religion, that peaceful co-operation of man which now maintained by external means -- by our law-courts, police, charitable institutions, factory inspection, and so forth -- should be obtained by man's free and joyous activity. Art should cause violence to be set aside.Leo Tolstoy
What Is Art?
Monday, May 30, 2011
Tired of pat answers and mere preachiness, more and more believers are turning to art to experience truths that cannot be reduced to a paraphrase. God promises that we will be changed when we see Him. This pursuit of what film critic Andre Bazin calls "holy moments" becomes an exercise of transformative recognition of God in the everyday world. You could call it "practice," the art of becoming ready for the day we see Him in His fullness. Such discipline carries over in the humdrum of daily existence, in walks at the park, in unexpected moments of eye contact between friends and strangers.Jeffrey Overstreet
Through a Screen Darkly
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Patience is what I consider to be the main difference between faith and atheism. What atheism, religious fundamentalism, and the enthusiasm of a too-facile faith have in common is how quickly they can ride roughshod over the mystery we call God – and that is why I find all three approaches equally unacceptable. One must never consider mystery “over and done with.” Mystery, unlike a mere dilemma, cannot be overcome; one must wait patiently at its threshold and persevere in it – must carry it in one’s heart – just as Jesus’s mother did according to the Gospel, and allow it to mature there and lead one in turn to maturity.
From Patience with God: the story of Zaccheus continuing in us, by Tomáš Halik
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
God has set things up so that cultural endeavour is always a communal enterprise, done by trained men and women in concert, gripped by a spirit that is larger than each one individually and that pulls them together as they do their formative work. Should a stray Christian who is an artist make it in the big time, and like a christian who is a professional football or baseball player make a testimonial announcement for Jesus Christ, we may praise the Lord; but that is a baby action next to the grown-up witness of a christian work community of solid artists, identifiable as people of God, who are able to earn their living from the gifts God gave them. That would be a mature witness to the world of God's grace.
Rainbows for the Fallen World
Friday, May 20, 2011
The shriveled visions of universities under the impact of modernity--particularly the effects of bureaucracy and technology--seem more concerned to produce people who are technically competent but who have little interest in the whys and wherefores of their competencies. Education must be oriented to preparation for a calling and not just training for a career. The difference is one of substance, not semantics.Steven Garber
The Fabric of Faithfulness: Weaving Together Belief and Behavior
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
To be blunt, I believe that there are two kinds of Protestant Christian schools: those who are convinced they have answers but would rather not take questions, and those who see questions as the meat of intellectual life and who find answers naive and distasteful. The former group separates itself from culture; the latter often sits comfortably in culture's fellowship at the expense of identity and substance.Daniel de Roulet
"Thorough converts" in catapult magazine
Thursday, May 12, 2011
from Dorothy Butler Bass’s book Christianity for the Rest of Us, quoted by Simon Carey Holt on his blog.
Education in the true sense, of course, is an enablement to serve -- both the living human community in its natural household or neighborhood and its precious cultural possessions that the living community inherits or should inherit. To educate is, literally, to ‘bring up,’ to bring young people into a responsible maturity, to help them be good caretakers of what they have been given, to help them to be charitable toward fellow creatures.
“Higher Education and Home Defense” from Home Economics
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
When I say that the moral wounds of the world must find a place in our curricula, what I mean is not just that we must teach about justice--though we must; I mean that we must teach for justice. The graduate whom we seek to produce must be one who practices justice.
Educating for Shalom
Friday, April 29, 2011
Nicholas P. Wolterstorff
Educating for Shalom
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
“exclusive in the sense of affirming the unique truth in the revelation of Jesus Christ, but not in the sense of denying the possibility of salvation to those outside the Christian faith; inclusive in the sense of refusing to limit the saving grace of God to Christians, but not in the sense of viewing other religions as salvific; pluralist in the sense of acknowledging the gracious work of God in the lives of all human beings, but not in the sense of denying the unique and decisive nature of what God has done in Jesus Christ.”
Lesslie Newbigin: The Gospel in a Pluralist Society (1989) pp 182-3
Saturday, April 16, 2011
He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over to give birth to themselves.Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Love in the Time of Cholera
Friday, April 15, 2011
Maybe we're being born. Again. Maybe the spirit really does move and blow. Maybe it's happening around us all the time. Maybe God is saving the world. Maybe there's groaning and blood and pain in the birthing process and maybe it doesn't feel like being in the womb. And maybe it isn't always a nice warm breeze but thank God for breath and life and for enduring the labor.Debbie Blue
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Gary Moon asks: We are asking where God is when He is all about us and within us. But why is this? Why do we seem to need directions to a place when we are already there?
Jim Finley replies: Yes, and let me give an example of how this happens in psychotherapy. Often in therapy someone will start to talk and begin to open up about his difficulties. I ask him questions about what he is saying and attempt to form a bond of genuine empathy with him in his suffering. As the person and I go on in this way, there begins to grow in me a sense of oneness with this person in his suffering. I begin to get a sense of how much courage it takes for him to open up like this and how hard it is for him to go through whatever it is he is going through. As this process deepens, I begin to sense we are on holy ground together. Now, this person and I were on holy ground together from the first moment he walked in the door. But it wasn’t until I entered into the process of opening myself up to the depths of his presence that I was able to become aware of that. Simultaneously for the person in therapy, he was on this same holy ground with me from the moment he walked in the door. But it was not until he began to open up, to trust, and to become vulnerable with me that he was able to begin to sense he was on the holy ground we all live on all the time as precious human beings.
In a similar fashion, the same process occurs in intimate relationships, in prayer, and in meditation. The process is one of learning not to keep skimming over the surface of the life we are living. It is learning not to continue in the momentum of moving on to some goal other than where we actually are at the moment, the momentum of being on our way to someplace else. The process is one of learning to slow down, to settle in, to open up, and enter into the interior richness of what’s really going on. As we do so, we begin to discover the ways God is already present in the hidden depths of the present moment; it is just because we were skimming along across the surface of what is happening that we were unable to know and rest in that presence…”
James Finley, Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God, A Conversation with James Finley, pp. 20-21.
Thursday, April 07, 2011
Christ's message was not to pretend the world isn't fallen but to take up our crosses and follow him through suffering and sacrifice. To create a body of work illustrating a world without the Fall is, for a Christian, to render Christ superfluous.Gregory Wolfe
"The Painter of Lite" in Intruding Upon the Timeless
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Richard Beck, in the Experimental Theology blog: Musings about Universalism, Part 9: The Urgency of Joy: On Evangelism and Mission