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poetry readings have to be some of the saddest
damned things ever,
the gathering of the clansmen and clanladies,
week after week, month after month, year
after year,
getting old together,
reading on to tiny gatherings,
still hoping their genius will be
discovered, (more…)

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The term “mysticism” is looked on with great suspicion by many Christians. To suggest that mystical experiences can be found within the gospels is often viewed as heresy. It is unfortunate that Christians have allowed this term to be corrupted by other belief systems to the point where it is practically unusable within Christian circles. At its most basic level the term “mysticism” means to have immediate consciousness of the transcendent or ultimate reality of God. Given this definition, and without the term “Mysticism” attached, most Christians could easily see that it is applicable to a Christian context.

The gospels are full of mystical moments; moments when one of the characters has a sudden glimpse of the reality of God. These moments may be as mundane as a time of praying in solitude, or as exciting as a demon pronouncing Jesus to be “Son of the Most High God.” If time is taken to explore the mystical moments in the gospels, it can make it easier for each Christian to recognize the mystical moments that may come in his or her life. (more…)

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Weekly Meanderings

Here’s some stuff I came across this week…

1. Jesus Creed posted three excellent posts this week on original sin and evolution; the best of the bunch was the second post on evolution.
2. The Bible in a minute.
3. Study finds that with Pre-Natal Testing, 9 in 10 Down Syndrome Babies Aborted (although…you should consider the agenda of the source…).
4. Plague in the Grand Canyon.
5. Who’d’ve thought disposable diapers were better for the planet?
6. Stephen Hawking retires.
7. Greenspan speaks to flaw in his market ideology.
8. Aparently hoosiers wasted 90% of their naturally occurring gas during the Indiana Gas Boom (it was the lead article on wikipedia’s home page on Thursday).
9. Gorillas and drums are an awesome combination (watch until at least 1:00).  If you need this explained go here…for more chocolate inspired fun go here.
10. That’s 58 million 6-packs.
11. Guess the Google.
12. Life size Pac-Man.
13. A Tolkien inspired fan film (coming in 2009).

Have a great weekend!

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The ground, soft, sticky, and smelly
is melting away beyond my window.
I cannot touch or smell it.
I cannot hold it in my hand.
My view fades as the fog rolls in from the fields;
It has disappeared; vanished.

I step through my window
I walk out on the nothingness
I do not sink or stumble or dissipate
I am held by the unknown ground

The rock, solid, rough-hewn, and firm
is firmly in my grasp.
I look down the cliff’s face.
I look confident and controlled.
My life falls from the mountain as the rock crumbles in my grip;
It has disappeared; vanished.

I fall through the air with the greatest of ease
I smash, lifeless, against the rocks below
I think my last thought, “I was certain…”
I am loosed by the firm ground

The path, dark, twisted, and chartless
is the one that I must take.
I thought, “Straight is the path”?
I thought, “Narrow is the gate”?
My life slips from view as I venture on, to the unknown;
I must disappear; vanish.

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One of the principles key to the protestant reformation was the idea of Sola Scriptura: that the Bible is sufficient of itself to be the source of Christian doctrine. John Wesley further clarified this idea when he stated, “In all cases, the Church is to be judged by the Scripture, not the Scripture by the Church.”[1] However, at some level, all Christians are forced to make some judgment about the scripture in the form of interpretation.

How is a person to interpret the scriptures? “Wesley believed that the living core of the Christian faith was revealed in Scripture, illumined by tradition, vivified in personal experience, and confirmed by reason. Scripture [however] is primary, revealing the Word of God ‘so far as it is necessary for our salvation.’”[2] This idea is more commonly known as the Wesleyan Quadrilateral; every person forms their theology through scripture, tradition, reason, and experience. Theology is at its best when all four areas are attended to. (more…)

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A Prayer

God of grace,

You alone fully understand how we came to be your children.  I only know a small percentage of the grace you have provided for me and for all of mankind.  Thank you for the grace provided through Jesus Christ.  Thank you for the opportunity to believe in you.  Thank you for caring for me.  Continue to be with us as we live out the life you have called us to.

Wonderful Grace of Jesus, greater than all my sin;
How shall my tongue describe it,
Where shall its praise begin?
Taking away my burden, setting my spirit free;
O the Wonderful Grace of Jesus reaches me!

Wonderful the matchless Grace of Jesus,
Deeper than the mighty rolling sea;
Higher than the mountain, sparkling like a fountain,
All sufficient Grace for even me.
Broader than the scope of my transgressions,
Greater far than all my sin and shame
O magnify the precious name of Jesus, praise his name!

Wonderful Grace of Jesus, reaching to all the lost;
By it I have been pardoned, saved to the uttermost.
Chains have been torn asunder, giving me liberty;
O the Wonderful Grace of Jesus, reaches me!

Wonderful the matchless Grace of Jesus,
Deeper than the mighty rolling sea;
Higher than the mountain, sparkling like a fountain,
All sufficient Grace for even me.
Broader than the scope of my transgressions,
Greater far than all my sin and shame
O magnify the precious name of Jesus, praise his name!

Wonderful Grace of Jesus, reaching the most defiled;
By its transforming power,
Making me God’s dear child,
Purchasing peace and Heaven, for all eternity;
And the Wonderful Grace of Jesus, reaches me!

Wonderful the matchless Grace of Jesus,
Deeper than the mighty rolling sea;
Higher than the mountain, sparkling like a fountain,
All sufficient Grace for even me.
Broader than the scope of my transgressions,
Greater far than all my sin and shame
O magnify the precious name of Jesus, praise his name!

Thank you God.  Amen.

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Weekly Meanderings

Here’s some stuff I came across this week…

1. Dan Kimball shares his thoughts on “Relligulous”.
2. What is a conservative reading of Song of Solomon.
3. David Neff critiques Anne Rice’s comments on sexuality (I will avoid telling you who I am more in agreement with).
4. A Few Study Bibles Coming Out Later This Year (WARNING: this is satire!)
5. The best of high schoolers.
6. I was watching Family Guy the other night and realized I had never seen William Shatner’s actual performance of Rocket Man, I had only seen the imitations…So I went to youtube.
…which of course led me to “It was a very good year”.
…which led me to Leonard Nimoy’s “Ballad of Bilbo Baggins“.
…which finally led me to Leonard Nimoy is…BAFFLED!
7. Rolling Stone switches format.
8. Who knew the Bee Gees could save lives?
9. Frog leg pizza.

Have a great weekend!

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