Monthly Archives: July 2011

Connections: John Stott

Many of you will already have heard of John Stott’s passing this past Wednesday.  We have truly lost one of Christianity’s most-respected global leaders. About five years ago, he gave us a treasure in his book, Through the Bible, Through … Continue reading

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The Holy Gospel: July 31, 2011 (Year A)

Read:  Matthew 14:13-21 Meditation:  “Before the Miracle” When I read a familiar passage, I often pray, “Lord, show me something new in these verses.”  I did that this week in relation to the feeding of the five thousand.  The “new … Continue reading

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Benedict’s Rule: The Basis for Excommunication

People outside the church look at us and sometimes say, “I would not want to be part of any group that kicks people out.”  The world views excommunication in this way.  But the Rule of Benedict makes it clear that … Continue reading

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Ponderings: Dying For A Lack of “Should”

The news media has recently reported two tragedies that should spark a serious consideration of what’s happening in our world today.  Singer Amy Winehouse’s death has been widely reported, and I don’t need to say much about that. The other … Continue reading

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Shepherd’s Care: The Pattern for Ministry

Luke 5:15-16 establishes the formative pattern for ministry:  action/reflection. The situation Jesus found himself in is one any clergyperson would covet.  The word about him was spreading. Crowds were coming to hear him and be ministered to by him.  This … Continue reading

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Desert Wisdom: Non-Judgement

When we move into Book Nine of The Desert Fathers, we continue our exploration of a spiritual life that is deeply challenging.  The Book deals with the theme of non-judgement. One of the great ironies of our time is that … Continue reading

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Listenings: The Inevitable Mystery

While on vacation, I spent a morning at the Abbey of Gethsemani near Bardstown, Kentucky.  It’s the Mother House for Cistercians in The United States, founded in 1848.  It’s the place where Thomas Merton lived and ministered from 1941 until … Continue reading

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