Back in the 16th century, a Reformation was happening. But it's not the Reformation you're thinking of. There was, of course, the well-known and dramatic 'protest' of Martin Luther which captured the headlines. But over in Spain, a tag-team reform duo was hard at work re-branding monastic life in a way that would draw persecution, … Continue reading Risk much. Fail often. The wisdom of the desert.
I pause for this commercial break in the New Exodus book blog, in part because I'm so terribly irritated by John Piper's recent blog and in part because this is one of those "teaching moments" which coincides with the narrative location of our recent New Exodus journey. If you'd peek at my library, I have … Continue reading On John Piper and tornadoes sent by God…
It is a key insight of Freud that until there is an embrace of honest helplessness, there is no true Gospel that can be heard. It is telling that the Psalms use the words pit/Sheol/waters/depth (as images of the dangerous realities of life), for in therapy, one must be "in the depths" to experience new … Continue reading Suffering and sanity: How lament can save us in our darkest moments
But go to Him when your need is desperate, when all other help is vain and what do you find? A door slammed in your face and a sound of bolting and double bolting on the inside. After that silence. (CS Lewis, A Grief Observed) + + + + + + + + + + … Continue reading Suffering: When Making Sense Makes No Sense
The law always ended up being used as a band-aid on sin instead of a deep healing of it. And now what the law code asked for but we couldn't deliver is accomplished as we, instead of redoubling our own efforts, simply embrace what the Spirit is doing in us. (from Romans 8, The Message) … Continue reading Band-Aids and Brokenness
A disciple asks the Rabbi, “What does Torah tell us to ‘place these words upon your hearts’? What does it not tell us to place these holy words in our hearts?” The Rabbi answers, “It is because as we are, our hearts are closed, and we cannot place the holy words in our hearts. So we place … Continue reading Identity Shaping – Letting the Words Fall In