What Is The Holy Spirit Up To? A Wealth Of Gifts For The Common Good

Ours is an era of suspicion. Don’t take my word for it; read this Nov 30, 2013 article from the Associated Press about their poll of Americans, asking how much they trust their fellow citizens.  The results tempt me to fear for the Republic.  Now, nearly 2/3 of the American public says they really can’t … Continue reading What Is The Holy Spirit Up To? A Wealth Of Gifts For The Common Good

Sanctified Intuition – the Holy Spirit At Work

The Holy Spirit will guide you in all truth (John 16:13)How does that work?Subtly, I think.  I’ve listened to friends tell stories about powerful visitations of the Holy Spirit.  Inevitably the tale begins with, “Now, promise me you won’t think I’m crazy.”  Then comes the account: an angelic visitation at a young man’s bedside, a … Continue reading Sanctified Intuition – the Holy Spirit At Work

How Many Christians Are Functional Unitarians?

 My friend Tim Fary told me once, “We Calvinists really love God the Father a lot; we like Jesus the Son; but the Holy Spirit is a total stranger.”It’s only funny because it rings so true.Fix your attention on some other group of American Christianity, and I’ll wager you’ll find a similar engrossment with one … Continue reading How Many Christians Are Functional Unitarians?

Explore the Spiritual Classics: Life of the Beloved (part 4)

And now we come to brokenness. Perhaps it is audacious for Nouwen to assert that brokenness is a part of being beloved, but it is so.  Why this is the case, I don’t know.  Yet it is true. Innocence is shattered by experience. At some point, we discover the darkness within us for what it is, and we … Continue reading Explore the Spiritual Classics: Life of the Beloved (part 4)

Explore the Spiritual Classics: Life of the Beloved (pt 1)

Why bother with spiritual things?Henri Nouwen wrote Life of the Beloved to answer that question.  He had developed a close friendship with a sophisticated, non-religious urbanite.  This friend, Fred, was a part of an intellectual society that had lost all resonance with the forms of religion. Yet Fred saw in Nouwen a deep rootedness, a … Continue reading Explore the Spiritual Classics: Life of the Beloved (pt 1)

Romantic Realism: A Meditation of Ecclesiastes 3:16-22

The famous “To everything there is a season” passage of Ecclesiastes teaches us how to die, and it teaches us how to live.  This next passage that follows pushes to apply those teaching when confronted with the harsh realities of life.“Moreover, I saw under the sun that in the place of justice, even there was … Continue reading Romantic Realism: A Meditation of Ecclesiastes 3:16-22

A Time To Live (Meditation on Ecclesiastes 3:1-15, part 2)

Ecclesiastes teaches us how to die, but it also teaches us how to live.  Our life is a series of continual releases.  But our life is also a series of embraces, taking hold of that which is before us. In the Jewish tradition, the feast of Sukkot (going on right now), also known as the feast … Continue reading A Time To Live (Meditation on Ecclesiastes 3:1-15, part 2)

A Time to Die (Meditation on Ecclesiastes 3:1-11, part 1)

Within the human heart there exists, though we try to deny it, a longing for permanence. The great poet John Keats wrestles with this longing in his most famous works:  “Bright star, Would I Were Steadfast as Thou Art” and “Ode to a Grecian Urn” reveal his yearning to be free from this world of … Continue reading A Time to Die (Meditation on Ecclesiastes 3:1-11, part 1)