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Posts from October 2017

Dying to Self

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been looking at the Prayer of St. Francis and thinking about it not only as good fodder for passage meditation, but also as a way to orient our hearts and minds for the day ahead. We started by looking at instruments of peace, then we saw Francis’s prayerful definition of the Kingdom of Heaven and the way in…

The Paradoxical Commandment

When God tests our hearts, what do we do? Here is the answer. The Paradoxical Commandments by Dr. Kent M. Keith People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway. If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway. The good you…

Can You See God?

Can you see God? What about in the picture above? What about in the picture below? I would show you a clearer or bigger version of the picture, but then you wouldn’t see God. Not really. God is the moving, transforming, evolving soul in people and the spirit of heaven in the world. God is the breathe that comes quickly when you…

Jesus’s Radical Inclusivity

On the third Sunday of each month, I will be a hosting an hour-long conversation about Values at Pilgrim Church shortly after the regular service (i.e., from 11:30am–12:30pm). This past week, we had our first such conversation: an in-depth look at John 4:1–30. The following post is a recap of that conversation. I suggest you take a minute or two to read…

Consoling, Understanding, Loving

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been looking at the Prayer of St. Francis and thinking about it not only as good fodder for passage meditation, but also as a way to orient our hearts and minds for the day ahead. We started by looking at instruments of peace, then we saw Francis’s prayerful definition of the Kingdom of Heaven. Today, we…

Why Meditate

Every Wednesday night in the Sanctuary, something changes. At 7 pm, a small group gathers to sit. Peter Martin who leads the service welcomes folks, reads scripture, and offers a brief spoken reflection. That lead in is to differentiate what happens next. We sit. That’s it. For twenty minutes we just sit. Why? Because when you find the power of stillness, that’s…

The Bold New Vision

Last week, we began looking at the Prayer of St. Francis by thinking about what it means to be “an instrument of [God’s] peace.” Today, we look at the next section of the prayer where St. Francis lays out a bold new vision for Heaven on Earth and for the pilgrim’s place in that new vision. Where there is hatred, let me…

Why Las Vegas Happens

Las Vegas. Another tragedy. This is wrong. This is scary. What is this? This is a world where people of all races, nationalities, and backgrounds feel alone. We feel disenfranchised from our governments. We feel helpless confronting the daily problems of our lives. We too often don’t know what to do. We don’t know exactly why Stephen did what he did. I…