Sunday, June 28, 2009


When you have no choice, don't be afraid.
-- Jewish proverb

Saturday, June 27, 2009

only Jesus

There are others who promise truth and life. But Jesus is unique. 
Others say, “I will show you the way.” But, Jesus says, “I am the way.”
Others say, “I have the truth.” But, Jesus says, “I am the truth.”
Others say, “I will lead you to life.” But, Jesus says, “I am the life.”
Now -- here’s the most important part. Jesus says, “No one comes to the Father except through me.”
There is no other way -- only Jesus.
-- quote from my message tomorrow at Cross of Glory Lutheran Church

Friday, June 26, 2009


Nothing less than God can satisfy.
-- Julian of Norwich

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Cross of Glory Lutheran Church, Mounds View, MN

For the next two Sundays I will be preaching at Cross of Glory Lutheran Church, Mounds View, MN, concluding my series of messages on "How Well Do We Know Jesus?"
I'd love to see you there!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

we have a tough standard to follow

Do all things without murmuring and arguing, so that you may be blameless and
innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse
generation, in which you shine like stars in the world. 
-- Philippians 2:14-15

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


It was said of Abba Agathon that for three years he lived with a stone in his mouth, until he had learnt to keep silence.

Monday, June 22, 2009


Money often costs too much.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, June 21, 2009

how to be joyful

If a person is poor and meek, it is easy for that one to be joyful,
inasmuch as there is nothing to guard against losing.
-- Rabbi of Porissover

Saturday, June 20, 2009


If a single coin is left over in my house at bedtime, I cannot fall asleep.
But if totally penniless, I sleep soundly,
knowing that when the moment comes to awaken,
I must immediately look to the Lord for aid.
-- Rabbi Mordecai

Friday, June 19, 2009


And I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven,
wrapped in a cloud,
with a rainbow over his head; . . .
-- Rev. 10:1

Thursday, June 18, 2009

others vs. yourself

Knowing others is intelligence;
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power.
-- Tao Te Ching

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


To know all of the Talmud is a great thing,
but to learn one virtue is greater.
--  Rabbi teaching

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

daily life

A visitor asks the monk:
"What do you do in the monastery?"
And the monastic replies:
"Well, we fall and we get up and we fall and we get up and we fall and we get up."

Monday, June 15, 2009

questions & answers

Why is it that the churches that have all the answers
don't allow any questions?

-- J.S. Spong
Thanks Roberta

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Natalia & Ivan

Natalia Moiseeva & Ivan Konev in concert today at Cross of Glory Lutheran Church,
Mounds View,  MN

Friday, June 12, 2009


The first time a thing occurs in nature, it is called a miracle;
later it becomes natural, and no attention is paid to it.
Let your worship and your prayer be a fresh miracle every day to you.
Only such worship, performed from the heart, with enthusiasm, is acceptable.
-- Jewish teaching

Thursday, June 11, 2009

How well do we know Jesus?

I will be dealing with this question in a series of services at Cross of Glory Lutheran Church in Mounds View, Minnesota on June 14, 28, and July 5. Please join us if you can! The service times and location are at Cross of Glory's web site.

feeding the hungry

If you can't feed a hundred people, then just feed one.
—Mother Teresa

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

find the way

It is better to ask the way ten times
than to take the wrong road once.
-- Jewish proverb

Tuesday, June 09, 2009


Once upon a time a disciple asked the elder, "How shall I experience my oneness with creation?"
And the elder answered, "By listening."
The disciple pressed the point: "But how am I to listen?"
And the elder taught, "Become an ear that pays attention to every single thing the universe is saying. The moment you hear something you yourself are saying, stop."

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Saturday evenings

It was said of Abba Arsenius that on Saturday evenings, preparing for the glory of Sunday, he would turn his back on the sun and stretch out his hands in prayer towards the heavens, till once again the sun shone on his face. Then he would sit down.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

we have everything in God

God, of your goodness give me yourself, for you are enough for me,
and I can ask for nothing which is less which can pay you full worship.
And if I ask for anything which is less, always I am in want; 
but only in you do I have everything.
-- Julian of Norwich

Friday, June 05, 2009

In touch with the Divine

Mystical experiences and intimacy with the Divine do not translate into lives of ease. Rather, they produce people of truth, strength, and courage.
-- Caroline Myss

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

ceiling detail at Blue Cloud Abbey

Monday, June 01, 2009

part of window at Blue Cloud Abbey

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