One Thing Needful (A Reflection on Luke 10.38-42)

Some passages of Scripture are complex, inviting us to lots of study and contemplation. Others, though no less important, are simpler and can often serve as helpful reminders — even they feel at times like two-by-fours to the back of the head. Today’s offering from the Gospels is in the latter category. Jesus is at … Continue reading One Thing Needful (A Reflection on Luke 10.38-42)

Fractal Faith

One of my areas of learning over the summer has been permaculture, particularly as people are applying it to communities. One of the most interesting conversations going on in that space is the problem of scalability: how to get the micro and macro to functioning together based on the same values and principles. A common … Continue reading Fractal Faith

“I Saw Satan Fall like Lightning” (Further thoughts on Revelation 12.7-12)

As I was writing my post for the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels the other day, I was struck by something in the text from the Apocalypse that had slipped past my notice in previous readings. In the dense symbolic language of its genre, the text describes a battle between warring factions in … Continue reading “I Saw Satan Fall like Lightning” (Further thoughts on Revelation 12.7-12)

Beyond the Veil (A Reflection on the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels)

If there’s one thing we’re learning as a culture it’s that the world is a far more complicated place than we’ve understood it to be. A simple world is one we can get our heads around, a world of obvious binaries of right and wrong, heroes and villains, male and female, animate and inanimate, even … Continue reading Beyond the Veil (A Reflection on the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels)

The City of our God (A reflection on Ps 48)

  Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised     in the city of our God. So begins Psalm 48, a stirring hymn of praise to God — not the distant God of the philosophers or even the cosmic God of the theologians, but the God who dwelled right there, with and among God’s people. As … Continue reading The City of our God (A reflection on Ps 48)