Thursday, November 30, 2006
St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, Minnesota
I am more impressed with this hospital every time I visit. From reports, as well as my own observation, the staff is very kind and extremely understanding of the needs of patients, as well as visitors.
Christian symbols may still be found and the gift shop plays real Christmas music, not just the secular pap. The food in the cafeteria is quite good and inexpensive; there is even a small Starbuck's counter.
Scroll down to my November 4 & 5 posts for previously posted pictures.
will bring them back from sickness to health.
Psalm 41:3 (Grail)
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
It also doesn't surprise me that the battle with ambition will be a ferocious one, for the tendency toward self-absorption plagues every one of us. … It would be so refreshing to hear Christian leaders in some panel discussion copping to the fact that they struggle with it and it often drives their ministry. We all know it's there. If only we could start being honest about it.
Kent Carlson, co-senior pastor of Oak Hills Church in Folsom, California
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Since it had begun to rain
and was cold,
they kindled a fire
and welcomed all of us around it.
Monday, November 27, 2006
It is impossible to truly listen
while doing something else
at the same time.
Sunday, November 26, 2006
sermon highlight this morning
Rev. Amy Thoren
Saturday, November 25, 2006
The NET Bible
The LORD is my shepherd,
I lack nothing.
He takes me to lush pastures,
he leads me to refreshing water.
He restores my strength.
He leads me down the right paths
for the sake of his reputation.
Even when I must walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no danger,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff reassure me.
You prepare a feast before me
in plain sight of my enemies.
You refresh my head with oil;
my cup is completely full.
Surely your goodness and faithfulness
will pursue me all my days,
and I will live in the LORD's house
for the rest of my life.
-- or --
For this reason the sovereign master himself will give you a confirming sign.
Look, this young woman is about to conceive and will give birth to a son.
You, young woman, will name him Immanuel.
This second passage, of course, is often the subject of arguments whether the young woman should be referred to as a virgin. Not only does the footnote go into great detail about this dispute, but there are many pages of introduction to the NET Bible that describe the various approaches to Bible translation. This introduction by itself is worth the price of admission, in my opinion.
The full text & notes are available as a free download on the Internet, or, you may simply read it on line. Take a look at it. I believe the NET Bible is a wonderful, unique tool for serious Bible study.
Friday, November 24, 2006
but an act of will.
Sister Joan Noreen
Thursday, November 23, 2006
study of Scripture
If you wish to attain to the true science of the Scriptures, hasten first of all to acquire an unshakeable humility of heart. It is this that will lead you, not to the science that puffs up, but to that which illumines, by the consummation of charity.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Joann Loulan, a family therapist
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
when religion loses its credibility
Monday, November 20, 2006
This is why
we have to head south
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Spiritual music and art
Sunday morning sunrise
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Liturgy of the Hours
St. Katherine Ukrainian Orthodox Church
Friday, November 17, 2006
understanding God's Word
Thursday, November 16, 2006
more for pastors
* What if you forget your sermon notes at home? Remember, no one has ever complained that a sermon was too short.
* Some uses for OLD SERMON MANUSCRIPTS: +You can reuse old sermon manuscripts when you give devotions at the nursing home. +Save them to use as packing material when you leave your current call. +If you or your spouse enjoy scrapbooking, use decorative scissors on the edges. This will preserve them for your golden years. You will be shocked that you ever preached such heresy.
* One of the suggestions for handling ringing cell phones during the service: Equip ushers with squirt guns. Many older gentlemen appreciate a John Wayne-style gun belt to accompany their six-shooter. Younger ushers prefer Super-Soakers. Keep towels handy to dry the offender off and avoid hard feelings. (Program your own cell phone to play A Mighty Fortress is our God.
* Some of the suggestions for getting out of a traffic ticket: +Always wear your clerical collar when driving. +Address the officer as "my child." (ed. maybe not)
I got my deer
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
* You may be called to ordained ministry if you can ingest large quantities of low-grade coffee without becoming ill.
* Consider finding out the brand of your bishop's favorite candy and send him or her a case of it, especially if you might enter the mobility process in the near future.
* If you're bored with your preaching, there's a good chance others are too.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Monday, November 13, 2006
Sunday, November 12, 2006
traps in seeking God
While the faithful can simply say, "This is what I believe," a Fundamentalist must say "This is what I believe, and what you believe is wrong." A Fundamentalist defines himself by what he is not.
This is also a good working definition of original sin. At the beginning of his Ethics, Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote (I'm grossly paraphrasing here) that before the Fall, man was aware only of God, and had no awareness of himself apart from God, as one who looks straight into the sun cannot see anything but the sun. The Fall came when man turned away from God and became aware of himself as something apart from God, as one who turns from the sun and sees his shadow is aware of himself only as an absence of light.
In the Old Testament, this is illustrated by Jonah, who (unsuccessfully) fled from God when commanded to go to Nineveh. In the New Testament, the parable of the pharisee and the publican makes the same point.
Seeing yourself only as what you are, rather than as what you are not, requires Christ-like humility. All who try will fail. The Fundamentalist embraces this failing and proclaims it as virtue. This is why Fundamentalist religion and Fundamentalist nationalism (jingoist patriotism) are such natural allies.
Christianity can and will survive the fundamentalist temptation. It has in the past; and it will in the future. It's just the recognition of a lost spiritual compass that is hard.
Friday, November 10, 2006
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Sunday, November 05, 2006
“I seek the mercy of God and fellowship in this community.”
Yesterday at First Vespers of All Saints our little community welcomed Jeff Farmiloe and Daniel Jetty into the Novitiate. A year of discernment and prayer to see if God is calling them to our Benedictine way of life. It was a happy day for all of us. As we were practicing for the ceremony in the early afternoon Fr. Michael was sitting at the organ going over some music. The first thing I say to the two men in the ceremony is: “What is your request?” Before they could practice their line Fr. Michael piped up and said: “I’ll take a cheeseburger and fries.” Nothing like injecting a bit of humor into a serious moment. But the real answer is: “I seek the mercy of God and fellowship in this community.”
For all of us living this way of life as a Benedictine, and really for any Christian, that is a good response. We all should seek the mercy of God, for we are all sinners in need of mercy and forgiveness. And we all should seek to be in fellowship, in communion with others. We need others as we journey back to the Father and our heavenly homeland. We need others for support, encouragement, others for whom we can and ought to show compassion, care, forgiveness.
Abbot Thomas, O.S.B.
Fundamentalism or Atheism?
now THIS is a hospital chapel
Saturday, November 04, 2006
I've never posted to this blog w/my Palm Treo phone but I thought I'd give it a try while I'm sitting watch over my sister-in-law's husband, Robert, here at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester. Robert has suffered several strokes, but we're hoping he is in a recovery mode. Being here is a good reminder for me how fragile life is - how unimportant the football game on TV is. Please say a prayer for Robert & his wife, Judy. +peace
Friday, November 03, 2006
They operate from elsewhere,
Some hall in the mountains -
Quick visit, gone.
Specialists on branch ends,
craft union. I like their
clean little coveralls.
Mike's Birding & Digiscoping blog
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
more on "Jesus Camp"
more on "Jesus Camp"
I haven't seen "Jesus Camp," what with the book tour and all. But I intend to when this election is over. Here's a clip that is unsettling to me in a way I find hard to express. See for yourself: click here
What do you think?
Are you tired?