Monthly Archives: November 2013

A deadline required me to go ahead and write something about The Bonhoeffer Reader, but I’m not yet finished with this collection of wisdom from one of the 20th century’s most influential theologians. I plan to continue reading, particularly his classics on Discipleship and Life Together. — Ellen Painter Dollar

  *   among the greatest theologians in history  — majestic Jesus disciple Dietrich Bonhoeffer * * http://www.patheos.com/blogs/ellenpainterdollar/2013/11/stuck-in-the-middle-with-bonhoeffer/ * So, this arrived on my doorstep about two weeks ago. I agreed to read and write on The Bonhoeffer Reader for … Continue reading

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The existence of cowards can be summed up: “The sum of the intelligence of the planet is a constant, and the population is increasing.”

  * http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=images+afraid&qpvt=images+afraid&FORM=IGRE#view=detail&id=F5CBE3A5EB0F6FFD590CA19DEC1C4521BCDAEFE4&selectedIndex=210 * * http://www.reviewjournal.com/columns-blogs/steven-kalas/live-take-risk * * * * https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2012/07/13/energy-vamps-croix-and-george-brine/ * * Hilo’s self-anointed know-it-alls’  Croix Bertelmann St. Louis High ’70 and George Tidal Brine born September 10, 1965  reprise energy vamp[ires] time and again  – * * Decent … Continue reading

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empathy in Scripture — Benjamin L. Corey

  * http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=images+galatians+6%3a2&qpvt=images+galatians+6%3a2&FORM=IGRE#view=detail&id=C894CC83620D5A9521981C09135B2FFB45F2185F&selectedIndex=12 * * http://www.patheos.com/blogs/formerlyfundie/10-reasons-why-reading-the-bible-makes-us-more-progressive/ * 1. The more I read my Bible, the more I realize that I don’t have it all together. Growing up I was frequently reminded that the Bible, through the Holy Spirit will convict … Continue reading

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Gratitude is humbling. Or maybe it’s suffering that, if honestly and courageously faced, humbles us sufficiently to carve out a place for thanksgiving. Gratitude finds little welcome in the swell of entitlement, pride or petulant diatribes about “what I deserve.” I mean, good for you if you have worked hard and faithfully to earn or achieve something worth having! But, even “gooder” for you if you can celebrate and say thank you for that which you have not earned. Could not have earned. The joys of life beyond earning. — Steven Kalas

  * http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=images+god’s+grace&qpvt=images+god%27s+grace&FORM=IGRE#view=detail&id=C9A5EF79D9F637B4DDDC1D8CEECAA7C2059C11C7&selectedIndex=33 * * http://www.reviewjournal.com/columns-blogs/steven-kalas/thank-god-giving-us-ways-express-gratitude * I’m convinced gratitude is the most constant and accurate measure of spiritual health and wholeness. I have this keen memory of my maternal great-grandmother, all talcum powder and wrinkles, squeaky chalk-on-a-chalkboard voice, singing, … Continue reading

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“We’re asked to learn how to keep asking for what we need only to practice accepting what we’re given,” he says. “And that’s a paradox. But what’s so important about this, for me, is that asking for what we need doesn’t always lead to getting what we need. Sometimes it does, and that’s great. But the reward for asking for what we need is that we become intimate with our own nature. We learn who we are by standing in who we are.” — Mark Nepo

  * http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=images+comfortable+in+your+own+skin&qpvt=images+comfortable+in+your+own+skin&FORM=IGRE#view=detail&id=2CFC7113E543877E0B51366589602035DBF0C2AB&selectedIndex=0 * * http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/13/mark-nepo-cancer_n_4262569.html?utm_hp_ref=books&ir=Books * Nepo shares the biggest lessons he learned during his battle with cancer, explaining why openness and acceptance are the most important among them. “One of the biggest lessons,” Nepo says, “is that whatever … Continue reading

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So, if Funes is accurately reflecting Catholic thinking, Earthly humans remain the favorite of God — although a strange kind of favorite who needs redeeming while the countless other intelligent life forms do not. — Victor Stenger

  * http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=images+god+of+all+worlds&qpvt=images+god+of+all+worlds&FORM=IGRE#view=detail&id=A1AC2A503F6045B3F920DEB2CD498A7E6F39D946&selectedIndex=13 * * http://www.huffingtonpost.com/victor-stenger/redemption_3_b_4282044.html * The Kepler Space Observatory was launched on March 7, 2009 with the express purpose of searching for Earth-sized planets. As of November 2013 Kepler had confirmed the detection of 167 planets with another … Continue reading

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James attacks the idea that one can be justified by faith apart from “works.” But what kind of works? Paul maintained that justification did not come from works of the law; that is, by observing the Torah. His concern involved Gentiles who might think they needed to convert to Judaism in order to follow Jesus. Paul never tells people to avoid good “works” in general, like looking after the poor and the vulnerable. — Greg Carey

  * http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=images+bible+faith+works&qpvt=images+bible+faith+works&FORM=IGRE#view=detail&id=8CBEBB35F2C51A88513EF96A16F5101A8FA894EF&selectedIndex=59 * * http://www.huffingtonpost.com/greg-carey/james-and-paul_b_4263493.html?utm_hp_ref=religion * One common take on Christian origins pits James the brother of Jesus against the Apostle Paul. We find this view in Reza Aslan’s bestselling Zealot, which has led to my fielding a couple … Continue reading

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