If, like me, you are someone who lives at the intersection of ‘Christianity’ and ‘Facebook’, you probably have come across reports about Eugene Peterson’s views of same-sex marriage. Yesterday it was reported that Peterson, a stalwart in the Evangelical world, had ‘changed his mind’ on the issue, and is now in support of same-sex marriage. … Continue reading The Flip-flopping of Eugene Peterson; highlighting the logs in our eyes.
For liturgical churches, such as my own, May 31st celebrates The Visit of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Elizabeth. It is not a celebration we normally think about, except maybe as a forerunner to the Magnificat as the Gospel of the day includes Mary’s exultant song. Obviously, thoughts and reflections normally reside here. And why … Continue reading Leaping wombs: Does Elizabeth hold the key to being church?
Every month my Spiritual Director gives me a passage of scripture to sit with throughout out the month. For this month he gave me Galatians 6:14-18. Just four small verses, but they are packed with content. So, this morning I thought I would spend some time in prayer and reflection on this passage. I went … Continue reading A 3-step way of understanding Spiritual Formation
A few weeks back, my wife and I journeyed to BC wine country for a few days of rest and vacation. For four days we lounged by the pool, walked amidst the vineyards, and visited wineries. The highlight of our trip was a private tour of the winery where we were staying. Our guide, Sophie, … Continue reading Many grapes or healthy grapes?
Recently, Facebook reminded me that we have been doing the practice of Lectio Divina at the church for over one year. Since that time, many have asked me to come and help them explore Lectio Divina further. As one clergy-friend remarked; “Lectio Divina is your thing!” I’m not complaining, I love this discipline, and I … Continue reading 3 hints when practising Lectio Divina
Does anyone else feel that the world is spinning out of control? The inauguration of the US president, and the opening days of his rule, has turned the world on its head – or perhaps it is better to say that what used to lie simmering beneath the surface of contemporary life has now broken … Continue reading Living the Beatitudes
When you think about the celebration of Christmas, what Bible readings do you normally think about? Maybe your mind goes right to the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, with readings detailing the birth of Jesus. Do you see a play-by-play of Mary and Joseph journeying to Bethlehem, the birth in a stable, and the exited … Continue reading The Divine Lover comes
We live in a world of constant noise and distraction. There is always something to tear us away from what we focus on in any given moment. Images flash before us, ever changing what we are thinking about or reflecting on. Music provides an endless soundtrack to life; we find it in malls, in banks, … Continue reading Choosing Simple
Do you enjoy waiting? Do you search for times of waiting during your day? For example, do you search out the longest line in the grocery store, hoping that you will end up standing behind someone paying in nickels? Do you arrive for your appointments on time, praying that a delay would keep you in the reception … Continue reading Prayerful Waiting
Every Sunday I race the clock. It’s true. We announce the processional hymn, and then move seamlessly until the end. We never pause for any significant length of time. One prayer backs onto another; as soon as the reading is done, we announce the hymn. If the intercessions go on a little too long, or … Continue reading Eliminating Hurry