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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Wor(l)d of God

May 18, 2015: Last week I started savoring Teilhard de Chardin's spiritual autobiography, The Heart of Matter. He's talking about the elements of his early childhood through young adulthood that nourished his universal vision. His 'pagan ego' was guided and enthralled by the physical world, by rocks and metals. His 'Christian ego' was captured by …

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Still small voice

January 14, 2013: Paul preached a good sermon yesterday about Elijah, about how Elijah had fallen in love with wind, earthquake, and fire - signs of God's power and presence - more than with God Himself. Being able to call down fire at will, Elijah started to think he could control God's responses. Then God …

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Bible stripped bare

February 8, 2010: After church this morning, I am once again terribly frustrated over my ambivalence about the Bible. It is wedged like a thorn in my psyche. As much as I want to be rid of it, my whole life seems oriented around it: my Christian sub-culture, my career, and the reigning epistemic foundation …

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