Brendan Manning’s Trust

I love this quote. Speaking of his book Ruthless Trust, Brendan Manning says this: "The underlying premise of this book: the splendor of a human heart which trusts that is loved gives God more pleasure than Westminster Chapel, the Sistine Chapel, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Van Gogh's Sunflowers, the sight of ten thousand butterfiles in flight, …

God Thoughts

In several conversations this week, I called God terrifying. The overwhelming response of people encountering the Shekina Glory of God in both the Old and New Testaments was one of sheer terror. We forget that God is not human. The coming of the Christ brought Him near and gave us His image in flesh, but …

Shifting Looks

Sorry about the constant shifting of Web site designs.  One of the things about WordPress is that they have a nice selection of templates, and I'm still hunting for the one I like best.  This one still seems bright and readable, and the other one (the black background) all dark and brooding.  I'll keep it …

Listening…

I've been focused on seeing, carrying my camera around, annoying my friends and family by constantly framing some piece of the visual field, often asking them to be a part of it. I'm finding my default mode is to zero in on something random: a table and three chairs, the surface of the wet street, …

Sailing, Puffs of Wind

A good friend of mine likes to talk about sailing.  In fact, it is his chief metaphor for the spiritual journey.  He sees himself sailing over a wide, wide river, strong currents buffeting the keel, substantial winds demanding respect, and quiet eddys of energy asking to be paid attention.  There is a destination in mind, …