Eugene Peterson on Spiritual Direction…

…despite the high-falutinness of the term “spiritual direction”, it’s a lot more normal and natural than most people think.  Love this quote by the always clear-headed Eugene Peterson: Spiritual direction takes place when two people agree to give their full attention to what God is doing in one (or both)…

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Along the Road to Perfection: Reflections on Psalm 119 #7 (Zayin)

Let us recount the journey: Aleph (vv. 1-8): the horizon is perfection Beth (vv. 9-16): the path is God’s gracious speech Gimel (vv. 17-24): the commitment to Yahweh’s “way” makes us by definition strange (something we’ll have to grow increasingly comfortable with) Daleth (vv. 25-32): sooner or later, followers of Yahweh “hit the wall“,…

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Along the Road to Perfection: Reflections on Psalm 119 #6 (Waw)

As always, we recap the journey the Psalmist has taken us on thus far: Aleph (vv. 1-8): the horizon is perfection Beth (vv. 9-16): the path is God’s gracious speech Gimel (vv. 17-24): the commitment to Yahweh’s “way” makes us by definition strange (something we’ll have to grow increasingly comfortable with) Daleth (vv. 25-32):…

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Praying about reading the Bible with Walter Brueggemann

I first encountered Walter Brueggemann sometime during my last year of seminary.  He quickly became a favorite of mine…in particular, I had never – before or since – read anyone who took the particularities, subtleties, oddities, and nuances of each individual text of Scripture so seriously as the living Word of…

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Holy Week Reflections #5: Good Friday // Behold the Man…

“Behold the man” said Pontius Pilate, trotting out a scourged Jesus before the crowd… the crowd that called out in bloodthirsty rage for his execution. In its purest form, all Christian theology and all Christian spirituality is an attempt to do just that: Behold the Man. We would rather do other…

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(This is a re-post of my Maundy Thursday reflections from last year… enjoy!)

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Holy Week Reflections #3: Wednesday // Sons and Stones

Old Testament readings: Psalms 55 and 74, Lamentations 2:1-9; New Testament readings: 2 Cor 1:23-2:11, Mark 12:1-11 One of the things that makes modern translations of the Bible great is also something of a tragedy – chapter divisions.  The original manuscripts of course didn’t have them, which meant that narratives…

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