Spirituality

A Death Worth Pondering

I stand with my hand poised over the door handle of my car, not remembering exactly how I got here. The last thing I remember is grabbing my keys and sunglasses from the cluttered shelf above my desk. After that, everything is a blur. I don’t recall the last minute of my life.

Continuing a Fictitious Conversation: Lectio Divina

Read the first article in this two-part series by Ken Curtis here.

Gladness

Easter Sunday, April 20

This day, “this most amazing/day” with the “leaping greenly spirits of trees” as e.e. cummings sings and I echo … this day is like any other day and yet it, more than any other day, for me is full of deep, shattering joy. The closure and finality of the period has been replaced with parentheses. Not—He came to earth and died. But—He came to earth and (dying) lived. Cummings again:

(i who have died am alive again today,

The Limits of Love

God is many things – eternal, omnipotent, omniscient, ubiquitous. Most of these adjectives are but dimly understood by us, because we have no frame of reference, no basis for comparison, and no one or nothing similar in our sphere of understanding.

But most of all, God is love. I believe one of the reasons God came to Earth, His Son reincarnated as man, was to demonstrate that love in such a tangible way that an active resistance to His appeal was required to reject Him and His message.

A Fictitious Conversation: Listening for God in the Other

Read the second article in this series by Ken Curtis here.

Nadia Bolz-Weber, the Enneagram, and Me

I’ve recently begun exploring the Enneagram.

Traces of Contact

Created by A. Conan Doyle, British/Scottish physician and writer, the fictional character Sherlock Homes delighted readers of his day. Along with the less well known character John Evelyn Thorndyke, created by R. Austen Freeman, Holmes was ahead of his time when it came to CSI (Crime Scene Investigation). Two of the founding fathers of CSI, Edmond Locard (French), and Hans Gross (Austrian) acknowledged their debt to Holmes and Thorndyke during their illustrious careers.

The Middle Voice

Have you ever felt that what you know about spiritual life turns out not to address the life you are actually living? Lauren Winner, author of Girl Meets God and Mudhouse Sabbath, writes about such a time in her new book Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis.

Confessions

I fled Him, down the nights and down the days;

I fled Him, down the arches of the years;

I fled Him, down the labyrinthine ways

Of my own mind; and in the midst of tears

I hid from Him...

 - Francis Thompson, The Hound of Heaven

 

One of the difficulties of life is it can only be properly understood in retrospect, but it must be lived in prospect.”

Lent: Looking to Spring

In my corner of the Northern Hemisphere the days are lengthening. Forsythia and fruit trees around this high desert city have suddenly burst into bloom. Elm trees are temporarily, inordinately neon green, ripe with seeds about to be loosened and flung wide in a warm gust of wind. And it’s raining, raining….







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Sat, 09/27/2014 | Los Angeles Adventist Forum
September Adventist Forum
The speaker will be Ron Graybill, Ph.D., previously assistantsecretary to the White Estate. He will be addressing “The Big Bible, Bigg er Still: A Study of the Harmon Family Bible and Its Role in Adventist Hist ory.”
Sat, 10/25/2014 | Los Angeles Adventist Forum
October Adventist Forum
Ronald E. Osborn, Ph.D., A 2014-2016 Mellon Postdoctoral Fell ow in the Peace and Justice Program at Wellesley College (Boston), and a 2 015 Fullbright Scholar to Burma/Myanmar, Formerly an Adjunct Faculty Membe r in the Dept. of International Relations at USC, and in the Honors Progra m at UCLA. Topic: "Death Before the Fall?: A Conversation with Ronald Osbor n."

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