ENTERING THE THIRD MANSION | FACING OUR ‘CONTROL STRATEGIES’

Humility, I say! Humility is the ointment for our wounds _____________________________________________________ Some years into my Christian life - most likely in high school - I discovered the mind's power in theological argumentation. This was no fault of my teachers and pastors. It was my own propensity to take beautiful things - like God's bigness and … Continue reading ENTERING THE THIRD MANSION | FACING OUR ‘CONTROL STRATEGIES’

out of illusions, into the depths | st. teresa’s invitation to you (2 in the series)

I love St. Teresa. I often joke that she's my favorite 16th century "Reformer," particularly when I am around friends and students from the Reformed tradition. St. Teresa lived south of Calvin and Luther in Spain during the tumultous 16th century, and her "reform" - while vastly different in form and content than the others … Continue reading out of illusions, into the depths | st. teresa’s invitation to you (2 in the series)

A Report from Georgia Diocese Clergy Conference

I was privileged to spend Apr 26-28 with the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia, an extraordinary group of folks. Here are some highlights written up by Canon Frank Logue. Dr. Chuck deGroat speaks to the clergy gathered for their spring conference at Honey Creek. Clergy Encouraged to Self Examination, Healing The Spring Clergy Conference, which ended … Continue reading A Report from Georgia Diocese Clergy Conference

the problem with loving god, but not loving yourself… (pastors and theological eggheads, take note!)

Love yourself.  It's championed as the pathway to happiness and gratitude by some and scoffed at as the pathway to narcissism and godlessness by others. But check this out.  Bernard of Clarivaux, the towering 12th century Cisterian abbot, advisor to the Pope, mystical writer, and one of the most significant voices in church history sees … Continue reading the problem with loving god, but not loving yourself… (pastors and theological eggheads, take note!)