June 4, 2020

Riffing on Richard Beck and Why God Matters

Riffing on Richard Beck and Why God Matters In a recent post at the always excellent Experimental Theology blog, Richard Beck opines that the most important question facing Christians and churches today in this pandemic is why … [Continue reading...]

Bonhoeffer: Who Am I?

This poem is from one of Bonhoeffer's final prison letters, shortly before his execution. Though most of us are not facing certain death as he was, nevertheless I find the expressions in this poem relevant to what we may be … [Continue reading...]

The Liturgy of Creation (Introduction)

The Liturgy of Creation (Introduction) As I said the other day, I am working through Michael Lefebvre's revelatory book, The Liturgy of Creation: Understanding Calendars in Old Testament Context. RJS has also been blogging on … [Continue reading...]

The Death of Expertise

The Death of Expertise “Snake oil is a euphemism for deceptive marketing and health care fraud. It refers to the petroleum-based mineral oil or "snake oil" that used to be sold as a cure-all elixir for many kinds of … [Continue reading...]

Another Look: God’s Good Creation (and a preview of things to come)

Note from CM: I am reading a wonderful book about the Genesis 1 creation account by Michael Lefebvre, a local minister here in Indiana, called The Liturgy of Creation: Understanding Calendars in Old Testament Context. I hope to … [Continue reading...]

Henri Nouwen: “You must keep looking for a new order”

"You must keep looking for a new order" By Henri Nouwen And yet you are Christian only so long as you look forward to a new world, only so long as you constantly pose critical questions to the society in which you live, and … [Continue reading...]

Thoughts on COVID-19 data and where we might be headed

Welcome to another stream of consciousness edition.  I have been doing a lot of thinking this week about the COVID-19 data that I have seen to this point, what it means, and what the future might bring. For those not familiar … [Continue reading...]

Brueggemann: Virus as a Summons to Faith (2)

Walter Brueggemann has published a book during this Covid-19 pandemic to encourage and challenge believers. In the second chapter, "Pestilence...Mercy? Who Knew?" he considers the strange story about David in 2 Samuel … [Continue reading...]

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: Quarantine Reflections

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch Quarantine Reflections I have a new favorite band. They remind a lot of the energy and joy we enjoyed with our kids when they were young. The Clarks are putting up videos every day on YouTube during … [Continue reading...]

Christina Rossetti: A Better Resurrection

A Better Resurrection By Christina Rossetti I have no wit, no words, no tears; My heart within me like a stone Is numb'd too much for hopes or fears; Look right, look left, I dwell alone; I lift mine eyes, but dimm'd with … [Continue reading...]