Politics, Parties, Means and Ends: A Political Post Inspired by CS Lewis (yes, politics, but its okay)

I am slowly working through God in the Dock, a collection of some of CS Lewis' essays, and a few days ago read the essay "Meditation on the Third Commandment."  In this essay, Lewis discusses the desirability of a Christian political party.  I'm not sure if this was something people wanted in mid-century Britain, but … Continue reading Politics, Parties, Means and Ends: A Political Post Inspired by CS Lewis (yes, politics, but its okay)

Weekly Word – Job’s Suffering, Dialogue and General Awesomeness

I love the book of Job.  It is forty-two chapters of brilliant dialogue around the problem of evil and suffering that never really provides any solid answers.  People argue and debate, lose their temper and scream at each other.  Its great! I did not always like it.  I remember hearing people say, in regards to … Continue reading Weekly Word – Job’s Suffering, Dialogue and General Awesomeness

Five Thoughts on Obama’s Prayer Breakfast Speech

Last week at the National Prayer Breakfast President Obama condemned  ISIS, Obama and went on to say: "Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history. And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible … Continue reading Five Thoughts on Obama’s Prayer Breakfast Speech

Two Types of People – Those Who Think they Know Something and Those who Know they Know Nothing

Near the end of his novel The Idiot, Russian novelist Dostoyevsky reflects on two sorts of common people.  First there are common people who possess limited intellect:  To a commonplace man of limited intellect, for instance, nothing is simpler than to imagine himself an original character, and to revel in that belief without the slightest … Continue reading Two Types of People – Those Who Think they Know Something and Those who Know they Know Nothing

Arrogant vs. Humble Spirituality: Listening to the Saints – St. John of the Cross

John of the Cross was a Spanish mystic who lived in the 1500s.  He worked with Teresa of Avila in reforming the communities of monks known as the Carmelites.  One of his best known works, Dark Night of the Soul, is a commentary on a poem, of the same name, that he wrote.  The poem … Continue reading Arrogant vs. Humble Spirituality: Listening to the Saints – St. John of the Cross

Listening to the Saints – Teresa of Avila: The Interior Castle (part 3)

This is my third post on Teresa of Avila’s spiritual classic, The Interior Castle.  Read part one and part two. Teresa of Avila's writing is enriching to my soul.  She has gone down in history as one of the most influential of Christian mystics, but she exhibited great humility in her work, saying,  "If you find … Continue reading Listening to the Saints – Teresa of Avila: The Interior Castle (part 3)