Guatemala – Thursday, November 18, 2010
November 18, 2010

JoLene is reading Everything Belongs by Richard Rohr, a Franciscan priest, speaker and author. The book deals with contemplative prayer.

Rohr observes: “God is always bigger than the boxes we build for God, so we should not waste too much time protecting the boxes.”

What boxes has God refused to squeeze into in your recent experiences?
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Dark and Disturbing
January 21, 2009

I have just finished reading That Hideous Strength by C. S. Lewis – a novel about dark powers taking over society.

The book is the last in a space trilogy, but it is not space fiction in the way we usually think about that term. Instead, these absorbing and mind-expanding books are about God and good and evil, and the nature of us humans and of God’s purposes and power.

So this book is filled with confusion, deceit, fear, treachery, science, technology, nature, and a campaign for the abolition not only of religion but also of emotion and the inidvidual.

But it is also about God and his mysterious ways of working in this fallen world. The Director and the other good people in this story do not talk about religion in the vague sense of “some mist steaming upward.” They talk about God, and their picture of him is of “strong, skilful hands thrust down to make, and mend, perhaps even to destroy.”

If you have read this book (or the trilogy), what are your thoughts? Send me a reply.

Loving God
September 29, 2008

When we love and obey God, many blessings flow into our lives. But a true devotion to God does not love God simply for the gifts he gives. We love God just because he is God and deserves our worship.

This fundamental truth is expressed unambiguously in this anonymous poem, or hymn, from 17th Century Latin.

My Eternal King

My God, I love you
Not because I hope for Heaven thereby
Nor yet because those who love you not
Must die etrnally.
Jesus, you did for me upon the cross embrace
Nails and spear and manifold disgrace.
Why, then, why, O blessed Jesus Christ,
Should I not love you well?
Not for the hope of winning Heaven
Or of escaping hell,
Not with the hope of gaining anything,
Not seeking a reward;
But as you yourself have loved me,
O ever-living Lord!
Even so I love you, and will love,
And in your praise will sing,
Solely because you are my God
And my eternal King.

God’s work in us
March 5, 2008

Here is a prayer to consider…
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Holiness
January 14, 2008

The Brethren in Christ (the church family of which I am a part) have been strongly influenced by the holiness tradition of the Wesleyan revival and the American holiness movement.
Richard Foster, in his book Streams of Living Water, comments on some of the positive implications of the biblical teaching on holiness:

Holiness is loving unity with God. It is an ever-expanding openness to the divine center. It is a growing, maturing, freely-given conformity to the will and ways of God. Holiness gives us our truest, fullest humanity. In holiness we become the persons we were created to be.

To which I add this prayer: God, grant that I and all Christians everywhere will live a supernatural life of truth, love and power because of our living connection with you, the living God.