World exegesis

July 26, 2015, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: I'm frustrated right now reading a theological book. It's interesting and insightful...but it's mostly an exegesis of other texts, a dialogue with other authors. That's all well and good, if you like shuffling around endlessly the ideas of men and women. But I'm frustrated because by exegeting …

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Word of life

On July 19, 2015, I recorded more quotes from the French Jesuit priest, Jean-Pierre de Caussade. His book Abandonment to Divine Providence totally rocked my world. Here he is writing about the word of life that sounds in the depths of each one of us: in our minds, hearts, and - though we are not used …

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African maiden

December 24, 2014, in Uganda: Over the last week, I've dreamed about N at least 4-5 times. N is the Kiroba (Tanzanian) girl I had a major crush on from 1996-1997. I wonder if my dreams are merely the archetypal fantasies of union with the Cosmic Feminine, of which my feelings for N were my …

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Divine science

July 8, 2015, in Kampala, Uganda: De Caussade: "No one becomes learned in the science of God either by the reading of books, or by the inquisitive investigation of history. The science that is acquired by such means is vain and confused, producing much pride. That which instructs us is what happens from one moment …

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Living gospels

July 5, 2015: In my reading this morning, Jean-Pierre de Caussade waxed eloquent on the subject of divine speech-as-action: "Of life of Jesus! Comprehending and extending beyond all the centuries of time, life effecting new operations of grace at every moment... "How many Gospels would have to be written to record the history of all …

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My universe

July 3, 2015, in Timu, northeastern Uganda: The last couple of weeks I've been reading My Universe by Teilhard de Chardin. It's a short and exceptionally clear presentation of his main ideas. I record here some key quotes that I want to remember...because they speak my truth as well: "Ever since childhood, the need to …

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Heretic

Some words need healing. Kicked around by the boots of history, they are left bruised and bleeding. One of these is heretic. The word comes originally from Greek hairetikos, 'able to choose' (from hairein 'to take' and haireomai 'to choose'). Its noun form, heresy, can be traced back to Greek hairesis 'a taking or choosing …

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Brotherhood

June 28, 2015: While the women went to church, A and I hiked down toward the Kenya escarpment, to that outcropping with a stunning view of the Rift Valley. It was so wonderful just to break free from domestic life for a couple of hours with another guy. On the way, some Ik in their …

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God remains

June 26, 2015: For the past week or so I have felt an emotional and psychological distance from God. What that means practically is that I'm not having the usual daily metaphysical visions that get me excited. If I've learned anything at all in the last seven years, it's that I can say, "Whatever X …

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Spiritual science

June 21, 2015: Christ is in the world, and because of that, science is a spiritual, religious, eminently Christian endeavor. For some years, I harbored some guilt for not wanting to do such an ostensibly spiritual activity as Bible translation, preferring instead the allegedly unspiritual activity of linguistic science. But God has been showing me …

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