2075

By |2014-11-04T11:25:49+00:00November 6th, 2014|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology, writing|

"People often say they are afraid of death – about, as they sometimes put it, having to be nothing after all these lovely years of being something. When they tell me that, I try to focus the problem more tightly. “Let me see if I understand you,” I say. “You’re bothered by the thought that you will be non-existent in, say, the year 2075. But tell me something. Has it ever occurred to you to worry about the fact that you were likewise non-existent in 1875? Of course it hasn’t, for the simple reason that, by the forces of nature [...]

grace

By |2014-01-03T15:49:44+00:00January 7th, 2014|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, theology|

Robert Farrar Capon is a relatively recent discovery. Sadly he passed away in 2013. Here's another grace-example of what he captures so well........ “Grace is the celebration of life, relentlessly hounding all the non-celebrants in the world. It is a floating, cosmic bash shouting its way through the streets of the universe, flinging the sweetness of its cassations to every window, pounding at every door in a hilarity beyond all liking and happening, until the prodigals come out at last and dance, and the elder brothers finally take their fingers out of their ears.” ― from Between Noon & Three: Romance, Law & the [...]

Capon on Preaching

By |2013-02-20T08:34:45+00:00February 20th, 2013|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, theology|

I think good preachers should be like bad kids. They ought to be naughty enough to tiptoe up on dozing congregations, steal their bottles of religion pills…and flush them all down the drain.(!!) The church, by and large, has drugged itself into thinking that proper human behavior is the key to its relationship with God. What preachers need to do is force it to go cold turkey with nothing but the word of the cross–and then be brave enough to stick around while [the congregation] goes through the inevitable withdrawal symptoms. But preachers can’t be that naughty or brave unless [...]

grace, and more grace

By |2012-12-15T17:41:21+00:00December 22nd, 2012|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology, writing|

Grace is the celebration of life, relentlessly hounding all the non-celebrants in the world. It is a floating, cosmic bash shouting its way through the streets of the universe, flinging the sweetness of its cassations to every window, pounding at every door in a hilarity beyond all liking and happening, until the prodigals come out at last and dance, and the elder brothers finally take their fingers out of their ears. Robert Farrar Capon, Between Noon & Three: Romance, Law & the Outrage of Grace

life, incarnation & transformation

By |2012-10-27T15:48:33+00:00October 26th, 2012|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology|

Robert Farrar Capon said, "We dance under the banner of God's desire." What a beautiful and true image. Desire is prayer. The desire to pray is prayer. The desire to desire to pray is like an ocean of love to God that moves mountains. From the outset, whether we know it or not, we are taken into God's desire that we might learn to trust our own. Bach composed his music to "Jesu, the joy of man's desiring." This counterintuitive journey of life in Christ is not easily learned inside institutional structures that often teaches us to deny and distrust [...]