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The first three pillars of my faith – silence, presence, and attentiveness – would, I suspect, quickly become little more than self-indulgent navel gazing were it not for the fourth pillar: responsiveness. Allowing silence, in which the music of the spheres might whisper; returning and being fully present to the here-and-now; attending with all my […]

Coming and going

Now another Christmas has come and gone, and what was the good of it? Aside from the seasonal heart-warmth it provided, what lasting difference did it make? That’s the kind of question you might expect from Ebenezer Scrooge, but it wasn’t Scrooge who asked it. It was Meister Eckhart, the German theologian, philosopher, and mystic […]

A new paganism, or the new Jerusalem?

Is the church in this part of the world (North America) verging toward a new brand of paganism? One of my colleagues wrote recently that “many (if not most) American churches emulate the ancient pagan religions in one regard: we neglect mission.” “The American church,” he wrote, “approaches evangelism, mission and outreach pretty much the […]