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Both of the readings from the Bible that you have just heard struggle with the question of who is going to be in charge in our world and, more importantly, in each of our lives.
In our reading from Genesis, Adam and Eve wanted to reign God in so they could move on up and be in charge. They thought by eating the forbidden fruit they would see as God sees. They thought they would make God obsolete, God would no longer be needed, and they themselves would fill the role of God. You might say Adam and Eve wanted to cut out what they mistakenly saw as the eternal middleman.Read full transcript...
Dr. Benjamin Pratt shares a free-verse poem, capturing the happiness we find in helping others.
Abram left his homeland on a promise and a prayer. God called. Abram went. The Biblical text makes it seem so simple. There are no signs of struggle or doubt. There is no grief over what is left behind, only the forward look toward a new land and a new future. Leaving home for Abram seems so easy.
Anyone who knows me knows that I take Lent seriously. Lent is a defining part of my life, shaped by practice and discovery over time. In college, I started 'giving up things' which marked the beginning of my reLENT list. Every year I would add an additional item to give up.
Despite our cultural differences, the Rev. Waters and I are both seeking ultimate meaning in a world that tries with all its might to distract us with secondary meanings.
Scientists used to claim baldness was due to one’s mother’s genetic makeup, but now they are unsure. Baldness could be the next step in our evolution from a furry ape.
When I stop being distracted enough to really think about where I'm going and the direction I'm travelling, I do much better. Life is more than a journey. Life is a journey in the right direction.
This reading by Frederick Buechner from Whistling in the Dark was delivered on the Chicago Sunday Evening Club TV program.
Sometimes when none of our options appear great, when we don't see a clear way forward, and when tension mounts on all sides, the very best thing we can do is just to turn ourselves and our situation over to God and God's care
Contemplative spirituality is a spirituality in which, in the words of Richard Rohr, 'everything belongs.' It’s a spirituality of inclusion, rather than exclusion. It seeks to build bridges rather than walls. To me, this is part of the towering beauty of contemplation. But we live in a world where not everyone sees things the same way, and contemplation, like anything else, has its critics.
Those who know me well know that I have a teenaged daughter who speaks most fluently in the language of books. We've always enjoyed stories together, so these days I spend a great deal of time reading teen and YA literature. The latest request was the 'Unbecoming of Mara Dyer.' She wanted to find out who Mara was and thought that we could talk through it.