“[This book] is a look at Jesus, as he appears in the Gospels through the lens of my education, experience, prayer, and most recently a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. And through the lens of faith.” … More BOOK REVIEW – Jesus: A Pilgrimage
“Give to the emperor what is the emperor’s” is too often used as a proof text to demand obedience to empire and government. However, the text of the narrative reveals this to be a dangerous misreading. Indeed, instead of acquiescing to empire, Jesus beckons us to find the image of God stamped on us and on others and then to let that image dictate who we are and how we act. … More Bear the Image of God
Jesus sets up the story, and he prepares us for the punchline; but, instead of delivering, Jesus ends the story by asking a question to the listeners, the chief priests and Pharisees. It is the listeners who offer the end of the story. Or, at least, that is what it seems. … More Parable without an End
God as authored our lives and has authorized each of us to go into the vineyard. That means that each one of us has authority – a unique authority given to us by God to be exercised on behalf of the world. … More Are you going into the vineyard?
The Seven Storey Mountain is a compelling adventure story in which Merton emerges as a sort-of modern Odysseus, a lost soul searching for a home, redemption, and freedom. Merton was certainly a heroic figure in my early years as a seminarian. As I heard Merto’s own bout with spiritual confusion, I felt that Merton was writing about me. … More BOOK REVIEW – The Seven Storey Mountain
Denying ourselves is about aligning ourselves with God and the divine purpose, rather than aligning ourselves with the Empire and the forces of oppression. Taking up our cross is about choosing the qay of Jesus, about accepting the invitation to discipleship, no matter the cost. … More Taking Up Our Crosses