Friday, September 29, 2006
C. S. Lewis
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Come, Light serene and still;
Our darkened spirits fill
With Thy clear day.
Guide of the feeble sight,
Star of grief's darkest night,
Reveal the path of right,
Show us Thy way.
French Prayer (11th century)
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Jim L. Wilson, Future Church
Monday, September 25, 2006
Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. I knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn't matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle; when the sun comes up, you'd better be running.
Spurgeon wrote likewise:
If you are not seeking the Lord, the Devil is seeking you. If you are not seeking the Lord, judgment is at your heels.
In the Christian life, it's not enough simply to wake up. We are called to run, to become more like Christ, to press ahead in godliness.
Sunday, September 24, 2006
The thing I know will give me the deepest joy -- namely, to be alone and unhurried in the presence of God, aware of His presence, my heart open to worship Him -- is often the thing I least want to do.
Saturday, September 23, 2006
And Linus responds, "What did you want ... a chance to warm up first?"
There is another option. See you in church tomorrow!
Friday, September 22, 2006
some good quotes that got cut from next Sunday's sermon
-- John Lancaster Spalding
Tell me to what you pay attention, and I will tell you who you are.
-- Jose Ortega y Gasset
You can't make footprints in the sands of time sitting down.
TULIP: a brief summary of Calvinism
more from pray the news
Tragedy, more than joy, turns our hearts and minds to God. It is a time of need and a time of vulnerability. We need to know someone is there for us-someone whose wisdom is beyond ours, but in whom we trust. And if we have faith, we believe that God is for us.
Thursday, September 21, 2006
What's In A List?
That comment resonated within me. How often do I fail to see persons behind lists? Persons designated as troops . . . candidates . . . democrats . . . republicans . . . drug offenders . . . death-row inmates. The categories could go on and on. It was a wake-up call for me. Persons have families, histories, all the successes and failures of everyday living. I pray that I remember that, the next time I encounter a "list."
It is easier to see a group as an enemy than an individual. I try to get inside the thoughts, hopes, and feelings of the individual. Periodically in my life, I've gotten upset with a group. But then when I go through people one by one, that disappears. There's nobody there that I feel that way about. The true nature of the human being is "unconditional love." This holy place awaits our entry. In any threatening and disappointing situation, try to find an energy you can move with. I have no real enemies -- only teachers who call me to grow.
Pray the News
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Who is Jesus?
Brian McLaren, leader of the “emerging church” movement and founding pastor of Cedar Ridge Community Church in Montgomery County, Md.
I am between congregations, but thankfully ensconced only in my home office. While in this between state, it has been a joy to fill in for other pastors from time to time.
This Sunday, September 24, I will be leading the services at Beaver Lake Lutheran Church in Maplewood, Minnesota.
The title of my message is Swim With The Sharks. For service times and directions click here.
I look forward to seeing you!
Monday, September 18, 2006
Sunday, September 17, 2006
technology in religion blog
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
[Jesus] answered: "Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted."
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Sunday, September 10, 2006
Are you carrying rocks?
Read Abbot Thomas' observations about these rocks and his advice here.
Saturday, September 09, 2006
on fast blurry wings, I feel
So I touch- I smell..
I try to absorb all things-
Shadows of beauty.
the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these
Friday, September 08, 2006
Thursday, September 07, 2006
They ... weave the spider's web;
Their webs cannot serve as clothing;
they cannot cover themselves with what they make.
Their works are works of iniquity,
and deeds of violence are in their hands.
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
autumn is coming to Springbrook
Monday, September 04, 2006
Sunday, September 03, 2006
TV news depressing?
Maybe we too should consider this approach.
St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church, St. Paul, Minnesota
Saturday, September 02, 2006
One of our avid readers brought the following quote to my attention. It doesn’t say anything we don’t already know, but it should humble us mere mortals who would never put things so elegantly and economically.
The author is James Lileks, who usually writes for the Minneapolis StarTribune. The topic is the leadership of the Presbyterian Church USA, the first mainline group of Protestants to push for divestment from Israel two years ago, until thwarted by a palace revolt by members possessed of fairness, sanity, and a higher regard for Israel. ‘Nuf said.
But they’re [PCUSA’s leadership] not anti-Semites. Heavens, nay. Don’t you dare question their philosemitism! No, they looked at the entire world, including countries that lop off your skull if you convert to Presbyterianism, and what did they choose as the object of their ire? A country the size of a potato chip hanging on the edge of a region noted for despotism and barbarity. By some peculiar coincidence, it happens to be full of Jews.