simply, Christian

Wendell Berry on miracles

The miraculous is not extraordinary, but the common mode of existence. It is our daily bread. Whoever really has considered the lilies of the field or the birds of the air, and pondered the improbability of their existence in this warm world within the cold and empty stellar distances, will hardly balk at the turning of water into wine – . . .

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Posted in: quotestheology

January 11, 2017

T.S. Eliot on a difficult faith

You will never attract the young by making Christianity easy; but a good many can be attracted by finding it difficult: difficult both to the disorderly mind and to the unruly passions.

— T.S. Eliot

This quote showed up in my today, courtesy of The Plough daily dig email. Immediately I was struck by how . . .

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January 10, 2017

messenger of death, messenger of hope

thoughts on the Galveston Apache helicopter crash

The Secretary of the Army has asked me to express his deep regret that your husband was killed today in a routine training accident. The Secretary extends his deepest sympathy to you and your family in your tragic loss.

Same script as usual, except today I’m supporting my brethren in the Army, so there’s a one word . . .

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Posted in: chaplaincy

December 29, 2016

on being mistaken for Christ

thoughts on Holy Innocents' day

We live in a fallen world where injustice, calamity, and horrors are too frequent and too real. Spending just a few moments reading the news quickly reminds us of these truths. At first blush, it would be easy to consider the slaughter of the Holy Innocents who gave their lives as just one more example of the brokenness of our world, and as . . .

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Posted in: theology

December 28, 2016

"the man who cries out against evil men..."

The man who cries out against evil men but does not pray for them will never know the grace of God.

--St. Silouan the Athonite

H/T Eclectic Orthodoxy

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Posted in: quotestheology

December 20, 2016

on a radically simple Christmas

Jesus observed, “Without me you can do nothing.” Yet we act, for the most part, as though without us God can do nothing.…“Oh, but nothing will get done,” you say. “If I don’t do it, Christmas won’t happen.” And we crowd out Christ with our fretful fears.
God asks us to give away everything of ourselves. The gift of greatest efficacy . . .

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Posted in: quotestheology

December 14, 2016

peaceful transition: election perspective

thoughts on how amazing this tumultuous nation really is

From the reaction of friends, family, co-workers, and social media, much of America and the world woke up in shock at the results of our Presidential election. I freely admit, I was one of many who didn’t think Donald Trump had a snowball’s chance of winning the election. I’m not excited about his Presidency. I admit that I supported neither . . .

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Posted in: politics

November 09, 2016