April 18, 2019

Sunday with Christian Wiman: Calling and Resistance

It’s almost the definition of a calling that there is strong inner resistance to it. The resistance is not practical—how will I make money, can I live with the straitened circumstances, etc.—but existential: Can I navigate this strong current, and can I remain myself while losing myself within it? Reluctant writers, reluctant ministers, reluctant teachers—these […]

Rowan Williams on the Eucharist (3)

Rowan Williams on the Eucharist (3) Today we continue our series of reflections on Rowan Williams’s book, Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer, continuing with the third big theme of the practice of being Christian — the sacrament celebrating how God welcomes us to his table: the Eucharist. We conclude this theme today with an […]

Monday with Richard Beck: Christian Assertions about Evil

Note from CM: Thanks to Richard Beck for giving permission to re-post his thoughts about what the Christian faith says about evil. This is actually part two of a two-part post at his blog, Experimental Theology, and if you want to read more about the first two assertions, follow the link in this post to […]

Sunday with Christian Wiman: Anxieties that have become useful to us

There is nothing more difficult to outgrow than anxieties that have become useful to us, whether as explanations for a life that never quite finds its true force or direction, or as fuel for ambition, or as a kind of reflexive secular religion that, paradoxically, unites us with others in a shared sense of complete […]

Rowan Williams on the Eucharist (2)

Rowan Williams on the Eucharist (2) Today we continue our series of reflections on Rowan Williams’s book, Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer, continuing with the third big theme of the practice of being Christian — the sacrament celebrating how God welcomes us to his table: the Eucharist. The resurrected Jesus is doing what he […]

Monday Miscellany

Monday Miscellany Yesterday’s lectionary Gospel reading was Mark 10:2-16, a passage I understand a lot of pastors dread preaching. It is a “divorce” passage where Jesus speaks directly to the subject. I like what our pastor said. He stressed God’s design for couples to marry and live together in love for a lifetime. And then […]

Sunday with Christian Wiman: No half-remembered country

Sunday with Christian Wiman No half-remembered country In fact, there is no way to “return to the faith of your childhood,” not really, not unless you’ve just woken from a decades-long and absolutely literal coma. Faith is not some half-remembered country into which you come like a long-exiled king, dispensing the old wisdom, casting out […]

Rowan Williams on the Eucharist (1)

Rowan Williams on the Eucharist (1) Today we continue our series of reflections on Rowan Williams’s book, Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer, turning to the third big theme of the practice of being Christian — the sacrament celebrating how God welcomes us to his table: the Eucharist. For Christians, to share in the Eucharist, […]

Rowan Williams on the Bible (2)

Rowan Williams on the Bible (2) Today we continue our series of reflections on Rowan Williams’s book, Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer, returning to the second big theme of the practice of being Christian — hearing God speak through the Bible. It is all very well to talk about finding yourself in God’s story, […]

Rowan Williams on the Bible (1)

Rowan Williams on the Bible (1) Today we continue our series of reflections on Rowan Williams’s book, Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer. We move on to the second big theme of the practice of being Christian — hearing God speak through the Bible. For when you see a group of baptized people listening to […]