“Arena et Petra”

“I am a stone,” said I, And to the ear that heard, I turned, “See what I’ve made?” (In breathless rapture.) A hasty glance was made to capture. — “See how it stands,” said I, With spark, a gleam, in eye that burned. And then that ear, with tongue, awoke,…

A Seat at the Grown-up Table

In my family, every time we gather for holidays, there are two tables. I believe the situation is the same for many families. You all get together, you’re mingling, and then the food is ready and it’s time to eat. And the awkward question pops into your mind … “Where…

Iron Cage: A Spoken Word Reflection**

There is a deep hunger within each person, a wondering, a longing for a grounded Presence. For millennia, we’ve been searching. We want to know there’s more to this life then what is visible. So, we look about for the Divine, the God of Creation, Who spoke and all we…

Getting Out Of My Shell

In many ways, I am still inside my shell — afraid to be exposed to the harsh-world elements, before it’s time to pop out of the safety of my hardened exterior. At least that’s what I thought before reading today about the typical life of an oyster …“In order to…

Universal, God-Given Conscience

In his letter to the Romans, the apostle Paul indicated that all can rightfully be held accountable to God because all have transgressed the law . . . knowingly. Of course, the Jewish listener would have to agree, because they knew the law, as handed down in the writings of…

Accidia: Part I

I won’t be able to properly express why I found myself there. Before that strange journey, the declaration of mountains, wind, and trees lay about me, and I found it enough. I could sit under the warm embrace of the sun and remember. Once, the blue ocean-sky or the occasional…

Shallow Rules and Deep Love

“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love…

A Foreword to John Henry Newman’s On the Development of Christian Doctrine

For the occasion of Gabriel Gordon’s birthday (Happy Birthday, Gabe!) John Henry Newman is, without question, the single most influential anglophone Roman Catholic intellectual. He lived and wrote in Ninteenth Century England, beginning as an influential ‘Anglo-Catholic’ priest in the Church of England until his conversion to Roman Catholicism in…

A Critique of Standard Missions and Evangelism

Missions Observed  Mission is something I think about a lot. The first reason is that I’m a Missionary’s kid, and lived overseas for a short while. Another reason is that I’ve gone on a number of short term mission trips to countries like Ghana, Russia, and Thailand. I’ve also done…

Pandemic Insanity — Yours, Mine and Theirs

Today, I woke up feeling drained and low on optimism — day #41 (I think, but I really try not to count) since a typical day, pre-“staying home” orders. Staring at those words for a few moments …. well, how to top that statement? I’ve basically started this Wednesday morning in…

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