Wednesday, May 31, 2006
my preaching schedule
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I look forward to seeing you!
God's creation at Springbrook Nature Center
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
more religious institutions may be in trouble
Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit offered a "a carefully tailored version of the ministerial exception." When the employment issue is "religious belief, religious doctrine, or the internal regulations of a church," then courts have no business entering into the dispute, the judges ruled. But when the dispute is unconnected to those issues, employment discrimination "is simply the exercise of intolerance, not the free exercise of religion that the Constitution protects." The ruling explains further:
When a religious organization fires or demotes a woman on the basis of sex, it may be acting according to religious belief, religious doctrine, or church regulation (consider, for example, the Catholic Church's prohibition of female priests). In such a case, the religious organization would be immune from a Title VII suit. But a religious institution might also fire a woman because the individuals making the decision are, simply put, sexist. Religious doctrine and internal church regulation play no role in such a decision.
how the early Christians worshipped
Sunday, May 28, 2006
pass the baton
Last night we attended mass at St. Andrew's Church in Elk River to support friends who are mourning the death of their daughter; her 18th birthday was yesterday. In his homily, Rev. Korf talked about our obligation to pass the baton of our faith to younger generations. Let us do so! Afterward, with many of her friends, we released orange balloons (Kristin's favorite color) filled with personal notes & birthday messages and watched them rise to heaven and float toward the sunset. I wonder where they are now -- have they come back to earth?
I called to the Lord in my distress;
God answered and freed me.
Psalm 118:5 (Grail translation)
Friday, May 26, 2006
The Lord provides
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Help from God
Brother Lawrence (1611-1691)
hang in there . . .
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Bike & biker blessing at Blue Cloud Abbey, May 20
Fr. Tom blessing the bikes & bikers from Aberdeen, South Dakota
Fr. Julius considers joining the group
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
it's good to be back
As much as I don't like to leave Blue Cloud Abbey, it's always good to be home again. Of course, our comfort is in knowing that the Lord is with us wherever we are.
I will give you glory, O God my king,
I will bless your name for ever.
I will bless you day after day and praise your name for ever.
You are great, LORD, highly to be praised, your greatness cannot be measured.
* * *
You are faithful in all your words and loving in all your deeds.
You support those who are falling and raise up all who are bowed down.
* * *
Let me speak your praise, O LORD,
let all peoples bless your holy name for ever, for ages unending.
Psalm 145 (Grail translation)
Friday, May 19, 2006
Blue Cloud Abbey
How lovely is your dwelling place,
LORD, God of hosts.
My soul is longing and yearning,
is yearning for the courts of the LORD.
They are happy, who dwell in your house,
for ever singing your praise.
One day within your courts
is better than a thousand elsewhere.
Thursday, May 18, 2006
prayer for mercy
for sloth that wasted the hours or for haste which outran its benedictions;
for fear that frustrated bold hopes or dullness that took everything for granted;
for anger that burst forth destructively or indifference that smothered the soul;
for suspicion wrongly held or for trust cheaply betrayed;
for indecision which avoided the evil or for compromise which disguised it.
Dean Samuel Miller
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Tired now, I go to rest,
Jesus, Savior, ever blest,
In Thy name I close mine eyes;
Watch Thou by me till I rise.
Thou my best and kindest friend
Thou wilt love me till the end!
Let me love Thee more and more,
Always better than before.
J.K. Wilhelm Loehe
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Great and amazing are your deeds, Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are your ways, King of the nations! Revelation 15:3
The above is from a daily e-mail devotional provided by the Moravian Church.
Monday, May 15, 2006
How not to run a Christian school
Saturday, May 13, 2006
Mark Kellner, assistant director of the Adventist News Network
Friday, May 12, 2006
How to fill our lives with God's love & peace
Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
where to find comfort when you have been wronged
In Jeremiah 31:16 it says: "Your works shall be rewarded"; and St. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:58: "In the Lord your labor is not in vain." . . . God wants to wake us up and to strengthen us with this beautiful promise. Then we will not pay attention to the ingratitude, hate, envy, and contempt of the world, but pay attention to Him who says: "I am your God. If the world refuses to thank you and deprives you of your reputation and property, even of your body and life, just cling to Me, and find your consolation in the fact that I still have a heaven, with so much in it that I can easily recompense you and give you ten times as much as they can take away from you now."
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
"God: the origin in which all things begin. The present, which carries everything. The end point, into which everything flows."
Simone Kosog Wisdom from the Monastery
Sunday, May 07, 2006
Saturday, May 06, 2006
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Friday, May 05, 2006
Thursday, May 04, 2006
Dogma is an expression of ego
"Egotism. When people propound their opinions, it's 'me, me, me' that they're talking about. When we think we're right and everybody else is wrong, it sounds like ego. And ego is the thing you have to transcend if you want to get in touch with God or nirvana or Brahman or the sacred. Compassion is the main keynote of Axial-Age religion. But people don't want to be compassionate; they want to be right."