“We cannot live in a world that is not our own, in a world that is interpreted for us by others. An interpreted world is not a home. Part of the terror is to take back our own listening, to use our own voice, to see our own light.”
I was thrown back on my heels when I came across this quote from the 11thc. Christian saint, Hildegard of Bingen. Her warning is timely.
Many of us overly rely on pastors, seminary professors, or favorite authors to interpret the world for us. This isn’t an age specific mistake, but I attend too [...] Continue Reading →
I’m sitting in Starbucks in downtown Franklin, TN, talking to a new friend. He was once a well known Christian musician and songwriter, now he plays for a legendary artist in the secular music industry. He tells me early in the conversation that he doesn’t go to church anymore and there are lots of people just like him in Nashville.
“We’re ‘legion’,” he says, laughing.
“Why’d you leave church?” I asked.
It’s a question I probably could have answered myself. I’ve heard the same story over and over from friends all around the US and Europe. I’ve heard it more in Nashville than [...] Continue Reading →
One of my favorite stories is The Lord of the Rings. In it, there is a profound moment when Frodo Baggins laments to his friend Gandalf, “I wish none of this had happened!”
Life has gotten hard, and despite the fact that the young hobbit thought he wanted adventure, now that it’s come he’d rather not have it. To this, his wizard friend replies, “So do all who live to see such times…”
I experience a similar revelation every time I grow up a little bit. It started when I began working for a mission organization, a ministry. I thought every day [...] Continue Reading →
Some weeks you can’t do church. You’re exhausted, you need time alone, or your soul says a quiet walk in the woods would draw you closer to the heart of God than anything else.
If this was one of those weeks and you opted out of church this morning, I hope you did something restorative. If you’re looking for a gentle end to your day, spend a few minutes with Jean Vanier, the founder of L’Arche. There is a quality of compassion in his voice that never fails to renew me. Perhaps a few minutes in his presence will move you [...] Continue Reading →