February 20, 2019

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 […]

Rowan Williams on Baptism (2)

Rowan Williams on Baptism (2) Today we continue our series of reflections on Rowan Williams’s book, Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer. As we continue to hear what Williams has to say about baptism, he reminds us that, being baptized into the life of Christ, we partake of and grow into his identity. One classic […]

Rowan Williams on Baptism (1)

Rowan Williams on Baptism (1) Today we begin a series of reflections on Rowan Williams’s book, Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer. My congregation celebrated its 180th anniversary yesterday. That’s quite a historical legacy. When I serve as interim pastor this winter, I’ve been thinking about doing some preaching and teaching that goes back to […]

Brueggemann: On taking a route other than our zeal or certitude

Note from CM: Friends, I thought this a good follow-up to yesterday’s discussion about my “both/and” perspective on things. • • • Not many of us need advice about what to do with our life. Not many of us want such advice either. We may not agree on what to do, but most of us […]

An excerpt from Rachel Held Evans’ new book

…“What if the Bible is just fine the way it is? . . . Not the well-behaved-everything-is-in-order version we create, but the messy, troubling, weird, and ancient Bible that we actually have?” These questions loosened my grip on the text and gave me permission to love the Bible for what it is, not what I want it to […]

Sundays in Pentecost: Open to the Spirit (5)

Sundays in Pentecost: Open to the Spirit (5) We are taking the Pentecost season to post a Sunday series of excerpts and reflections from Scot McKnight’s new book, Open to the Spirit: God in Us, God with Us, God Transforming Us. • • • Through this experience [of his son’s cancer] I found that the […]

Sundays in Pentecost: Open to the Spirit (4)

Sundays in Pentecost: Open to the Spirit (4) We are taking the Pentecost season to post a Sunday series of excerpts and reflections from Scot McKnight’s new book, Open to the Spirit: God in Us, God with Us, God Transforming Us. • • • The mark of Pentecost and the mark of the new Christian […]