Prodigal sons and rejected stones

  Eve Tushnet: "The Church should be the place for prodigal sons and rejected stones, at least as much as it’s the place for elder brothers and other respectable types. The early Church promised that those who gave up family or marriage to follow Jesus would find a new family, a new home, with fellow... Continue Reading →

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daily by an open grave

Eugene Peterson: "Jan and I were visiting a Benedictine monastery, Christ in the Desert, in New Mexico. One of the brothers was leading us on a path from prayers in the chapel to the refectory where we would have lunch. The path led through the cemetery. We passed an open grave. Jan said, 'Oh, did... Continue Reading →

in departing they lead the way

Cyprian, bishop of Carthage, AD 251: "Our brethren who have been freed from the world by the summons of the Lord should not be mourned, since we know that they are not lost but sent before; that in departing they lead the way; that as travelers, as voyagers are wont to be, they should be... Continue Reading →

Confession beneath the Cross

Preparing to preach on confession of sin, centering on Proverbs 28:13 - "He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy." In preparation, I returned to that rich little classic, Bonhoeffer's Life Together. Two of his insights into confession and community: 1) Without confession of sins, there is... Continue Reading →

Do not forget the greater service

Preparing to preach on some of the listening texts in proverbs (there are many). In doing so, I've returned to Bonhoeffer's Life Together. In his chapter entitled "Ministry", he has a section on the ministry of listening. He writes: Christians, especially ministers, so often think they must always contribute something when they are in the... Continue Reading →

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