Thursday, December 22, 2011
Sunday School program at Cross of Glory Lutheran Church
Mounds View, Minnesota
December 21, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
St. Lucia pageant
St. Lucia pageant at Cross of Glory Lutheran Church
Mounds View, Minnesota
December 14, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
What does this question mean today? Read one discussion here.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Mystical moments are experiences of enlargement and connectedness or union. Suddenly you’re bigger. You don’t feel a need to condemn, exclude, divide or separate. Unfortunately, most of us were sent on private paths of perfection which none of us could achieve.
The path of union is different than the path of perfection. Perfection gives the impression that by effort or more knowing I can achieve wholeness separate from God, from anyone else, or from connection to the whole. It appeals to our individualism and our ego. It’s amazing how much of Christian history sent us on a self-defeating course toward private perfection.
As a result, many people just give up—even many clergy and religious—when they see it isn’t working. They end up practical agnostics or practical atheists. They keep up the form, keep up the words, continue going to church, but there is no longer the inner desire and expectation that is possible with the path of union. It’s not mysticism that defeats the soul; it’s moralism that does.
Sunday, November 06, 2011
~ Fr. Richard Rohr
All religions in their own way talk about “dying before you die”! They are all indeed saying that something has to die. We all know this, but often religions have chosen the wrong thing to kill, which has given us a very negative image. In almost all of history it was always the “other,” the heretic, the sinner, the foreigner that had to die.In most ancient cultures it was the virgin daughters and eldest sons that had to be “sacrificed”; in Biblical times it was an animal, as we see in the Jewish temple. By the Christian Middle Ages, it was our desires, our intellect, our bodies, and our will that had to die; which made many people think that God had created something wrong in us. Religion then became purity/separation codes instead of transformational systems.Jesus did say very clearly that we had to “lose our self to find our self” in several different settings. For much of Christian history this was interpreted as the body self that had to die, and for some miraculous reason this was supposed to make the spiritual self arise! It did not work, and it allowed us to avoid the real problem. What really has to die is our false self created by our own mind, ego, and culture. It is a pretense, a bogus identity, a passing fad, a psychological construct that gets in the way of who we are and always were—in God. This is the objective and metaphysical True Self.It seems we all live with a tragic case of mistaken identity. Christianity’s most important job is to tell you that you indeed and already have a True Self, “hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3-4).
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Those who trust in their riches will wither,
but the righteous will flourish like green leaves.
Friday, September 23, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Are we worshiping or following Jesus?
It seems to me that it is a minority that gets the true and full gospel. We just keep worshiping Jesus and arguing over the right way to do it. The amazing thing is that Jesus never once says “worship me!” He says, “follow me” (e.g., Matthew 4:19).
Christianity is a lifestyle—a way of being in the world that is simple, non-violent, shared, and loving. However, we made it into a clever “religion,” in order to avoid the lifestyle itself. One could be warlike, greedy, racist, selfish, and vain, and still believe that Jesus is their “personal Lord and Savior.” The world has no time for such silliness anymore. The suffering on Earth is too great.
Friday, August 26, 2011
The resignation of Steve Jobs as CEO of Apple has drawn a lot of publicity. Some of his quotes are very relevant to those of us interested in photography and spirituality. Below are some of my favorites.
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people.
“Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have. [Wired, February 1996]"“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.” [Stanford commencement speech, June 2005]
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” [Stanford commencement speech, June 2005]
“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” [Stanford commencement speech, June 2005]
Sunday, July 03, 2011
Secular freedom is having to do what you want to do.
Religious freedom is wanting to do what you have to do.
Fr. Richard Rohr
Friday, July 01, 2011
In the very near future I hope to return to Blue Cloud Abbey for a personal retreat. One of the reasons for my retreat is to reestablish silence in my life. The Abbey's Abbot discusses the importance of silence in his monthly message here. To check out life at the Abbey, take a look at these photos.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Mounds View, MN
Monday, June 06, 2011
path to wisdom
Remember that you are nothing, and remember that you are everything — bought as precious by Christ. And if you’re everything, so are others; you are to love them, embrace them. You will find yourself in them, and you will find them in you. Love is the path to wisdom. When you are nothing, you have nothing and need nothing and you are free to live in love.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
God alone is enough
Sunday, May 08, 2011
Mother's Day service at St. Anthony Park Lutheran, St. Paul, MN
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Fear is a darkroom where negatives develop.
~ Usman B. Asif
Friday, April 29, 2011
The following is the excellent message given by Richard Chartres, the Bishop of London, at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Bethel Lutheran Church, Hudson, Wisconsin
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Christ is risen!
For I do not seek to understand in order to believe, but I believe in order to understand. For I believe this: unless I believe, I will not understand. ~ Anselm of Canterbury
Friday, April 08, 2011
Christ Church (Episcopal), Lead, SD
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
one way to organize your day
This is how Benjamin Franklin did it.
Monday, March 14, 2011
guide for living
Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.
Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, and leave the rest to God.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Who you gonna serve?
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you're gonna have to serve somebody.
~ Bob Dylan
Thursday, February 24, 2011
And is our purpose not the same on this earth,
To love and follow His direction?
~ Bob Dylan
Friday, December 24, 2010
Blessed and Holy Christmas Joy
What better way to experience Christmas than at a Sunday School Christmas program? These are children from Cross of Glory Lutheran Church in Mounds View, Minnesota