in case you missed it

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I journaled for the last two weeks over at Barclay Press.

San Miguel Island

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The San Miguel Island ’07 trip pictures are now in the gallery.

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This made me laugh.

Elephant Seals

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In December Elephant seals, male and female, come down from Alaska to the beaches of SoCal islands to breed. The males leave pretty soon after their business is done (there isn’t a March of the Seals, to be sure) leaving the ladies to raise the babies. The females don’t eat during breeding or raising. When the pups are weaned, the females go swimming for a couple of months to eat. Then they come back to the islands and shed their skin. When this is done they swim back up to the Alaska, never getting out of the water until it’s time to breed again.

During the three weeks their skin is flaking off, the elephant seal females don’t eat. They just sit on the beach, lounging around.

away and back again

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Been a long while since I posted. No reason why. Though part of it is my thinking about making some big changes on dualravens in general and I’ve been otherwise focused on that.

Then again, for the last weekend at least, I didn’t even have a computer or any contact with the world, at least the civilized world. Me and the natural world had a grand time.

Went to San Miguel Island over the holiday weekend.

San Miguel Island
San Miguel Island
elephant seals on San Miguel Island

More pics later.

wisdom from the desert

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Back in seminary I had come to an end of the road. I had spent years and years listening to and reading the great Christians of our time and the eras before. Yet, it became unsatisfying as I heard the same sorts of things over and over again, plucking mostly at my intellectual side, encouraging me to believe all the right sorts of things. But it wasn’t enough. The storms were too heavy. I was in a wilderness needing water not salt. It was then I made a discovery and at the end of the road a whole new road opened up. I found the writings of men and women who lived in the early centuries and who sought the depths of Christ with a dedication and passion unmatched. It took me a while to find these guides because my tradition is suspect of other traditions. We have a bias towards the wisdom of the familiar and I was taught to be wary of those who lived in earlier times and had other distinctions in their pursuit of Christ. And yet, in reading these texts I realized how the bias I had been taught was likely little more than a whisper of the devil encouraging a poverty of wisdom.

Because when I started reading John Cassian, and then others, I found light and hope and renewal that led me to a new beginning of wisdom and set forth a path in which I could see myself walking down the rest of my life as I seek to take hold of what I can now only barely grasp.

Now, in this present mood of quiet and distance I am again finding comfort in these words and hearing again in the simplicity a wisdom that I need. For the time being, at least, I’m going to post some of these thoughts, hoping that as they edify me maybe someone else will find them helpful.

“When Anthony lived in the desert he was beset by depression and attacked by many sinful thoughts. He said to God, ‘Lord, I want to be saved but these thoughts do not leave me alone; what shall I do in my afflictions? How can I be saved?” A short while afterwards, when he got up to go out, Anthony saw a man like himself sitting at his work, getting up from his work to pray, then sitting down and plaiting a rope, then getting up again to pray. It was an angel of the Lord sent to correct and reassure him. ‘Do this and you will be saved.’ At these words, Anthony was filled with joy and courage. He did this, and he was saved.”

eschatology

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A little bit ago I gave a presentation and helped lead a discussion on a book by the theologian Jurgen Moltmann. Because if my long standing tradition of posting whatever on my website I finally got around to posting what I threw together.

Moltmann is a daunting writer and thinker, and his thoughts on the subject of eschatology are quite a bit different than popular or traditional thought in many ways. Indeed, I don’t think there’s any subject in which academic and popular discussions have parted ways more than on the topic of future things and eternity. But if you’re curious what one of the more brilliant theologians of the last fifty years has said, or at least what he said in the second half of the book I was responsible for have a go at the discussion of Moltman’s Coming of God.