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Good Friday – Act Six

When the curtain goes up this time, we are all ushered on stage. We find ourselves pushed in a human crush down the narrow twisting back streets of Jerusalem. Soldiers everywhere watch from windows and doorways. The crowd surges past us. Shouts. Raised fists. Parents carrying children. Others carrying scaffolding. Centurions push us forcefully into… Read more »

Holy Week Prayer

Holy Week (Week of April 5) You Will Never Be the Same p 40 “Avoiding the Cross: Unwillingness to Suffer” “Jesus, You are called the Crucified Lord and the Cross-bearer.  May You never have to say to us, ‘You are not worthy of Me; you cannot be My disciple,’ because we did not want to… Read more »

Conflict

In my last post, I discussed Larry Crabb’s vision of the Church as a community in which it is safe to be human.  This is one of the characteristics of “spiritual community” that Dr. Crabb sketches out in his book The Safest Place on Earth.  The other hallmark of this community is the way in… Read more »

Lent 5 Prayer

Baselia Schlink’s book, You Will Never Be the Same, is continuing to inspire our Lenten journey. This week we take a cue from her chapter on “Disobedience.” After reading through the chapter at dinner today, we’ll continue to meditate on her words at each meal by praying the following prayer: Lent 5 (Week of March… Read more »

Death on a Friday Afternoon

  One of the books I have been enjoying on my journey through Lent is, Death on a Friday Afternoon by Richard John Neuhaus. This book is a meditation on the last words of Jesus from the cross.  Mr. Neuhaus provoked me to think on the concept of Adam and Eve “reaching” for the tree… Read more »

Believe the Truth

“God, help me to believe the truth about myself, no matter how beautiful it may be.” Larry Crabb, Connecting

Lent 4 Prayer

Here’s the prayer and chapter reference we’re using for Lent 4 from Baselia Schlink’s book, You Will Never Be the Same: Lent 4 (Week of March 22) You Will Never Be the Same p 124 “Mistrust” “Father, let us renounce false accusations towards You and our brothers. We know that it is egoism that nourishes… Read more »

The Core Battle

“The core battle in everyone’s life is to relate well to God, to worship him, enjoy him, experience his presence, hear his voice, trust him in everything, always call him good, obey every command (even the hard ones), and hope in him when he seems to disappear.  That’s the battle the community of God is… Read more »

Fasting In Lent

This is a picture of what happens when you fast electronic entertainment for Lent.

Lent 3 Prayer

I mentioned that we were using Basilea Schlink’s book, You Will Never Be the Same, as guide during Lent.  Each chapter focuses on a different sin with Sister Schlink offering counsel, what she describes as a “prescription”, for that sin.  Her penetrating words both convict and cleanse.  Each week we read a different chapter and… Read more »