exploring worship, theology, music, preaching, and faith. and sometimes, good food at cool dives.
"What if education, including higher education, is not primarily about the absorption of ideas and information, but about the formation of hearts and desires? …" [17-18]
"…Being a disciple of Jesus is not primarily a matter of getting the right ideas and doctrines and beliefs into your head in order to guarantee proper behavior; rather, it’s a matter of being the kind of person who loves rightly - who loves God and neighbor and is oriented to the world by the primacy of that love. We are made to be such people by our immersion in the material practices of Christian worship - through affective impact, over time, of sights and smell in water and wine." [32-33]
"The liturgy is a ‘hearts and minds’ strategy, a pedagogy that trains us as disciples precisely by putting our bodies through a regimen of repeated practices that get hold of our heart and ‘aim’ our love toward the kingdom of God. Before we articulate a worldview, we worship. Before we put into words the lineaments of an ontology or an epistemology, we pray for God’s healing and illumination. Before we theorize the nature of God, we sing his praises. Before we express moral principles, we receive forgiveness. Before we codify the doctrine of Christ’s two natures, we receive the body of Christ in the Eucharist. Before we think, we pray. That’s the kind of animals we are, first and foremost: loving, desiring, affective, liturgical animals who, for the most part, don’t inhabit the world as thinkers or as cognitive machines."[33-34]
James K.A. Smith, Desiring the Kingdom
A Franciscan Blessing
Walter Brueggemann | Prophetic Imagination
“Crowder’s Give Us Rest sounds exactly as a “final album” should. It is a Mount Everest of worship rock albums, never to be topped. For over a decade, David Crowder created some of the most creatively inspired worship music in the world, and now he deserves his rest.”
from an album review in Christianity Today
–O–by John Petrenka
In the realm of nothingness
there are no boundaries.
Circumferences do not exist,
there is no middle.
Horizons are broad,
The stillness frightens
yet calmness abides.
sensed as an undertow
in an ocean’s depth
—a Siren’s call.
In the realm of nothingness
there are no boundaries,
It is a birthing place.
“Autumn constantly reminds me that my daily dyings are necessary precursors to new life. If I try to ‘make’ a life that defies the diminishments of autumn, the life I end up with will be artificial, at best, and utterly colorless as well. But when I yield to the endless interplay of living and dying, dying and living, the life I am given will be real and colorful, fruitful and whole.”
Augustine, On the Lord’s Sermon on the Mount 2.3.14
Anthony Ugolnik, Eastern Orthodox Priest