James Veitch, a very funny Youtuber, has noted in a Ted Talk that while the internet gives us access to everything, it also gives everything access to us. It opens one more door into our daily lives for those who would sell us something, tell us something, convince us of something. Billboards, radio, television, social media, … More Meditation on Lent: Silence
For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. For see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you… what fear, what longing (II Corinthians 7:10-11) “God’s kindness is meant to lead [us] to repentance” (Romans 2:4). Yet we tend to live in the extremes. Either we fail … More Meditation on Lent: Fear and Longing
Deuteronomy 8:11&ff: Take care lest you forget the Lord your God…when you have eaten and are full and have built good houses and live in them, and when your herds and flocks multiply and your silver and gold is multiplied and all that you have is multiplied, then your heart be lifted up and your … More Meditation on Lent: Gratitude
As Father David (mentioned previously) put it, to stop doing things you ought not do is not fasting, it is simply good behavior. Fasting is giving up good things. That distinction is important in part because we need to be reminded that the world, indeed our world, is a gift from God to us. As James … More Meditation on Lent: Good Gifts
I have seen several admonitions that this Lent we ought to fast things like greed, suspicion, judgmental attitudes, anger, gossip, bitterness. No doubt the encouragement is well intended. And there is a core truth to it. The central theme of the Ash Wednesday service is “rend your heart and not your garments.” We must never … More Meditation on Lent: Confession
Sometimes we need simplicity, particularly in our complex world. Yet we often make the mistake of thinking ‘simple’ means easy. That is not the case. I once got lost in London…it was quite easy to do. But tracing my steps on a map afterwards did not create a simple pattern.The simplest path between two points … More Meditation on Lent: Hard simplicity.
Were there no war, you could drive from Aleppo, Syria to Stockholm, Sweden in about the time it takes to get from San Francisco, CA to Charlotte, NC…about three days of hard driving with reasonable nights’ sleeps. It really is that close. I mention Charlotte because Stockholm has a population about the size of Charlotte, … More Because we’ll be a Buddhist nation long before that happens: some alternative facts