Using a form of Lectio Divina for personal meditation

This is a very brief “cheat sheet” on using lectio divina in times of personal solitude with God.

Summary Be alone. Prepare your heart and mind. Then:

Read – Out loud? Repeat. Reflect – Think it over. What stands out? Respond – Speak to God. Receive – Let go and listen.

Jesus often withdrew to […]

Notes from the Other Side – Jane Kenyon

I divested myself of despair and fear when I came here.

Now there is no more catching one’s own eye in the mirror,

there are no bad books, no plastic, no insurance premiums, and of course

no illness. Contrition does not exist, nor gnashing

of teeth. No one howls as the first clod of earth […]

Alan Jacobs’ “The Politics of Long Joy”

Alan Jacobs has re-cycled an excellent essay he wrote ten years ago as a column for the late lamented Books & Culture. He found what he had to say then particularly apropos to the present day. I don’t recall reading it 10 years ago, so maybe I missed that early edition of Books & Culture; […]

Advent Calendars

I’m writing this on November 25. There is just enough time to get an Advent calendar to use for yourself or with your children to work your way through the Christmas season with daily reminders of what it means to us as followers of Jesus.

For children, the idea these days is that you get […]

Asking the Wrong Question: Can a person come to God through general revelation?

Often, theologians divide revelation into general and special, and mean by “general” what can be known of God through nature. By “special” they essentially mean biblical revelation or at least the explicit gospel. So the question comes down to “can a person turn to trust God through general revelation”?

I think that’s exactly the wrong […]

Love is the Hardest Lesson in Christianity

Love is the hardest lesson in Christianity; but, for that reason, it should be most our care to learn it.

—William Penn

Growth and Asking Questions

I heard Jeffrey Greenman, President of Regent College say, in a talk on ethics:

You grow in the direction of what you ask questions about.

My corollary: It’s when I think I’ve got it figured out that I stop asking questions. Life is a good corrective to such an attitude. God isn’t complacent about our […]

Trustworthiness

Quoting Miroslav Volf:

We are in a major crisis of legitimacy and trust. No better time to renew commitment to trustworthiness, as individuals and communities.

Well said.

Staying at the Bottom and the Edges

[Jesus] demands of his first followers a living witness to a simple life on the edge, because once you are at the visible center, once you are on the top, you have too much to prove and too much to protect… The only free positions in this world are at the bottom and at the […]

We Don’t Need Either One

Judah got in a lot of trouble for depending on Assyria to protect them from the Israel/Aram coalition. And then Judah got in a lot of trouble for looking to Babylon to protect them from the Assyrians. Later, Judah got in a lot of trouble for depending on Egypt to protect them from the Babylonians. […]