Month: December 2013

  • Howard Thurman, The Inward Journey

    “In the long way that we take in, in our growing up, in the vicissitudes of life by which we are led into its meaning and mystery, there are established for us, for each one of us, certain landmarks. They represent discoveries sometimes symbolizing the moment when we became aware of the purpose of our…

  • A (New) Family Portrait (Matthew 1)

    A (New) Family Portrait (Matthew 1)

    Abraham had Isaac, Isaac had Jacob, Jacob had Judah and his brothers, Judah had Perez and Zerah (the mother was Tamar), Perez had Hezron, Hezron had Aram, Aram had Amminadab, Amminadab had Nahshon, Nahshon had Salmon, Salmon had Boaz (his mother was Rahab), Boaz had Obed (Ruth was the mother), Obed had Jesse, Jesse had…

  • What Joy? Where is Hope? Matthew 11:2-12

    What Joy? Where is Hope? Matthew 11:2-12

    A Week for Joy? This is the third week of advent which is to be marked with Joy. But when we hear the reading this morning from Matthew 11, what joy is given to John who finds himself imprisoned as an enemy of the state?

  • Review: Planted: A Story of Creation, Calling and Community by Leah Kostamo

    If he wantonly crushes ants for the fun of it, odds are he won’t be too concerned about the suffering and demise of larger species, including, studies have show, his own. – Leah Kostamo I just finished the book “Planted: A Story of Creation, Calling and Community,” published by Cascade Books. What initially caught my…

  • Dorothy Sayers

    A society in which consumption has to be artificially stimulated in order to keep production going is a society founded on trash and waste, and such a society is a house built upon sand.