239 – Wilderness – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

This past Sunday I was with a congregation where we were reading Mark 1 and thinking about “Wilderness.” We noticed the Gospel writer reminded us that the prophets spoke about the wilderness, that John’s “pulpit” was in the wilderness, that … Continue reading

219 – Confession – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

Let’s follow up on our thinking about “walls” with this from M. Scott Peck (found in The Different Drum), Community requires the confession of brokenness. But how remarkable it is that in our culture brokenness must be “confessed.” We think of confession as … Continue reading

218 – Walls – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

Last week we heard Madeleine L’Engle warn us of the walls we can allow to be created between us and others. In part she wrote, “The house of God … is a cross where time and eternity meet, and where we are – … Continue reading

217 – Walls – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

Madeleine L’Engle has written, “Sometimes the very walls of our churches separate us from God and each other. In our various naves and sanctuaries we are safely separated from those outside, from other denominations, other religions, separated from the poor, the ugly, the … Continue reading

207 – The Table/The Lord’s Supper – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

Let me encourage you to read Rachel Held Evans blog post “The Table.” http://rachelheldevans.com/blog/the-table-michael-curry And for starters today, let me give you a small head start, “Participation in the Lord’s Supper is an inherently moral act. In thefirst century church, … Continue reading

194 – Praying with Others – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

The past few weeks I have been thinking about when we prayer together and recently these remarks by Thomas R. Steaglad from A House of Prayer: The Power of Praying in Community found their way to my inbox, Why do so … Continue reading

190 – Community – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

It seems for me “community” is the theme for this Lent.  Everyplace, in email, on the internet, in conversations, the topic keeps coming up.  Please allow me to share with you a few sentences from a post I recently came … Continue reading

188 – Community – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

The other day I came across this quote from Georges Florovsky (a twentieth century Russian theologian), Christianity entered history as a new social order, or rather a new social dimension.  From the very beginning Christianity was not primarily a ‘doctrine,’ … Continue reading

184 – A Prayer – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

On January 31, 1915, Thomas Merton was born. Over the years since I first began reading Merton he has a had a profound influence on how I look at many things. May I simply share today a prayer of his? … Continue reading

163 – Listening – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

Last week I came across these words from Dietrich Bonhoeffer that I saved several years ago, “The first service one owes to others in the community involves listening to them. Many people seek a sympathetic ear and do not find … Continue reading