Showing posts from March 15, 2009


check out Brad Cecil's article regarding "truth" by clicking here. posting this mainly in response to some recent discussions i have had with others on this topic, think it frames what i and others are attempting to communicate about this concept.

whole-life democrat

The following is Cameron Strang's, one of the editors of RELEVANT magazine, First Word column from the November/December 2008 issue of RELEVANT. It has been in my "drafts" section way too long so I wanted to share it with you.

"In August, I was invited to pray at the Democratic National Convention. The invitation came as a surprise, considering I'm not famous, not a minister, not a Democrat and have differences with the party on several issues. But the Democrats have been proactively addressing some moral issues that should be of concern to all Christians. I thought, what if more Christians would be willing to cross party battle lines and work through disagreements to champion issues of common good—ones that should be bipartisan anyway? Maybe together we could rise above the political fray and see lasting change happen.

And, after all, I'm a nobody who would probably get the 2 p.m. workshop prayer slot. I'd be no big deal. So, I accepted. Then, a week lat…

i like to call them my friends...

click here check out what's going on with my friends at Tolstoy House, a neo-monastic community house here in Cowtown that has been together for about a year. some really neat stuff coming up this Saturday, March 21st.

You Alone

"Give me the strength that waits upon You in silence and peace. Give me humility in which alone is rest, and deliver me from pride which is the heaviest of burdens. And possess my whole heart and soul with the simplicity of love. Occupy my whole life with the one thought and the one desire of love, that I may love not for the sake of merit, not for the sake of perfection, not for the sake of virtue, not for the sake of sanctity, but for You alone."

-Thomas Merton

Source: New Seeds of Contemplation

sorry it's been a while...

after braving what i think was a combo of sinus infection and the black plague and entertaining my in-laws this past week, i return unscathed to post yet again!

recently a friend posted this observation on his status update on Facebook, attributed to Marcus Borg, "Church 50yrs from now: Fewer professional clergy. But intentional groups of Christians will be around. Tents in the wilderness."


not a big believer in predicting the future, much less the future of the body of Christ (b/c i am asked often to do so), but feel that Borg is on to something really revelatory with this observation. if current trends continue and the spending habits of institutions (including the organized religious denominational institutions) continues to be put under a public microscope, the trending towards less professional, specialized clergy staff does not seem like an unlikely possibility. more and more, in discussions and dialogues i am a part of, hearing a downtrend among those seeking t…