Category: Scripture Review
An open window view over a green backyard bracing for fall. The trees gently sway as I listen to a Catholic audio meditation regarding Lectio-divina. The reader ask me to listen closely to a few lines of scripture. After setting the passage and the scene my eyes close and listen, and a few lines in I hear and pay close attention to the following: … Read More Mystic or Cynic?
Some journeys can be slow. The book of Genesis finished this a.m. The importance of patriarchy and wisdom passed on from father to son is not lost in this book. Like modern times, fathers of the past had errant sons too. Jacob, while preparing for death, tells his sons, “Simon and Levi are brothers; Instrument of cruelty are in their dwelling place. Let not … Read More Morning Dew # 8
Esau gives away his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of stew. A steep impulsive decision considering the firstborn gets double or more of the inheritance when their father passes! A youthful and rash decision for immediate gratification. Jacob manipulated his brother’s immaturity to have the firstborn birthright. At first glance, we could interpret this as merely brotherly gesturing and joviality. However, the Old … Read More Morning Dew # 7
Poor Isaac asks his father, Abraham, “look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering.”[i] Think of the trauma Isaac must have felt as his father a short time later bound him up and prepared to kill him with a knife and burn him on the altar. There is no mention of Isaac’s response to his near-death experience … Read More Morning Dews # 6
The sins of Adam, the first parent, have been transcended to us as his descendants including suffering and death. It is not that God has punished us by an addition – but merely withdrew his blessing and left us with our base selves. Is this “Original Justice” for eternity until the end of time anyway for a just God to act? Did it really … Read More Aquinas’ Shorter Summa (Part III: The Humanity of Christ – The Second Treatise on Faith)
Transformation In Christ, by Dietrich Von Hildebrand (Chapters 2 through 6): After chapter one on Readiness to Change Dietrich dives into house cleaning: Contrition, Self-knowledge, True Consciousness, True Simplicity, and Recollection and Contemplation! It has been about a month for me to traverse this material and attempt to reapply principles and practices revealed within these pages. It is not an easy process as most … Read More Radical Transformation: Part Two
A tight rope walk with Thomas Merton on one side of the chasm and King David (and several lesser known authors) on the other still leaves me struggling with the wisdom of the Psalms. Our busy lives present many valleys to ponder. Thomas Merton short book explores how the Psalms can be used in prayer to traverse chasms in life. The barriers for me … Read More Praying the Psalms, Merton, Thomas[i]
A sibling rivalry between half-brothers began when the youngest received his father’s birth-right and the eldest went off to a foreign land with a different blessing to prosper as well. Generations later great religions would wage holy wars claiming true authenticity to a covenant with God. To put it another way, 3.6 billion people (54% of the world’s population) belong to one of three … Read More Cousins: Immortal Enemies?
Most of us Christians do not have the resources or time to complete a pilgrimage dedicated to exploring our historical faith, visiting holy places close and far, interviewing experts on both our theology and the historical accuracy of the bible. A majority of us have the luxury of being raised in the faith which provides a solid foundation for belief, hopefully re-enforced by lived … Read More The Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus by Lee Strobel
Two thousand plus years and Jesus the man (revolutionary, rebel, bandit) and Jesus “The Son of Man” (The Jesus Christ of Christian believers, the son of God, sent to save mankind from eternal damnation, died on the cross for our sins than and now) live in a historical reality much as we do today. Aslan delves into the historical Jesus Christ and the context … Read More Zealot THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JESUS OF NAZARETH by Rena Aslan
“We interrupt this broadcast to report unprecedented dramatic events. World leaders have closed communication with the press and have unexpectedly cancelled events. The White House, Bellevue Place, Kirribilli House, Elysee Palace, Zongnaihai, Buckingham Palace, the Kremlin, and the Vatican have been confirmed by our News Agencies to have shuttered their doors and key staff retreated to interior corridors of powers.” An unprecedented notification like … Read More Advent Adventure
Defining revelation for me is very challenging. I have broken it down into four levels and one huge spiritual barrier. It is more personal and real. It is not driven by the “Book of Revelation.” I am not a mystic – though I sometimes wish I could be. Than again, be careful what you wish for – you may get what you ask! The … Read More Revelation?