Spirituality

unexpected

two thousand years ago,
they expected a royal messiah,
but he came as a carpenter

two thousand years ago,
they expected him to judge sinners,
but he washed their feet

in Jerusalem
they expected a coronation,
but they attended a crucifixion

in the garden
they expected a beloved corpse,
but they found an empty tomb

right now
they expect condemnation
let us show compassion

right now
they expect self-righteousness
let us be humble

right now
they expect judgement
let us love

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Resurrection: A Threatening Comfort

Richard Rohr’s latest book, Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self, is a rare companion for the Easter to Pentecost season. Few have written about this liturgical period in such depth, often focusing on what the resurrection means for end-times and eternal bliss.

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Waiting for God

Just last week I was watering my indoor plants and inspecting a late summer acquisition from the bargain rack of my local nursery. I can’t resist rescuing these orphans and trying my hand at coaxing them back to life.  “This one's doing pretty well,” I noted, spying a few new green leaves. “But what is this bump on the leaf?” I inspected the leaf more closely and found that it was a butterfly chrysalis. After scouring butterfly books, I discovered that it was the chrysalis of the Cabbage White, a rather mundane denizen of agricultural fields and also of my garden.

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The Prodigal

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Reading "The Cloud of Unknowing"

            “I charge you with love’s authority, if you give this book to someone else, warn them (as I warn you) to take the time to read it thoroughly. For it is very possible that certain chapters do not stand by themselves but require the explanation given in other chapters to complete their meaning. I fear lest a person read only some parts and quickly fall into error. To avoid a blunder like this, I beg you and anyone else reading this book, for love’s sake, to do as I ask.

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Journaling my PhD: Divine Illumination

This is part two in a journal series by Rachel Davies about her theological studies at the University of Duham in England.

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My first term at Durham is winding to a close, so as they say here in England, I thought I’d “have a go” at another journal entry. Thank you for the many encouraging responses to my first piece.

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Journaling my PhD: The Reason I’ve Begun

I begin this series with some hesitation—unsure, even, if it will be a series. Bonnie Dwyer has suggested and requested it.  I hesitate from fear that chronicling my spiritual and intellectual journey down the path of PhD studies may turn into a narcissistic enterprise. I suppose I’m also afraid that no one will be interested.

But maybe, with grace, these journals can be useful to someone. To understand why I’m doing what I am, it’s necessary to speak openly about my background.

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Praying for America: Massachusetts

The following has been adapted, with permission, from the blog of Sigve Tonstad (originally posted October 12, 2012).

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Praying for America: Kentucky

The following has been adapted, with permission, from the blog of Sigve Tonstad (originally posted October 10, 2012).

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Praying for America: Iowa

The following has been adapted, with permission, from the blog of Sigve Tonstad (originally posted October 9, 2012).

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