Sunday with Walter Brueggemann: The counterexperience of creation in worship

Sunday with Walter Brueggemann The counterexperience of creation in worship One other peculiar practice in Israel’s worship life bears on our theme. It is evident in Gen 1:1–2:4a that creation and its gift of blessing are understood to be accomplished through (a) utterance, (b) separation of day from night and the waters from the waters,Continue reading “Sunday with Walter Brueggemann: The counterexperience of creation in worship”

A Serving of Capon for Carnival

“O Lord, refresh our sensibilities. Give us this day our daily taste. Restore to us soups that spoons will not sink in, and sauces which are never the same twice. Raise up among us stews with more gravy than we have bread to blot it with, and casseroles that put starch and substance in ourContinue reading “A Serving of Capon for Carnival”

Another Look: Sacramental from the Beginning

Note from CM: I recently read two other perspectives that, to some extent, critique evangelicals’ attraction to — but fuzzy understanding of — sacramentalism as an answer to living in a “disenchanted” world. I encourage you to follow these links and read Jake Meador’s comments on Derek Mishmawy’s post. • • • …the mysterious characterContinue reading “Another Look: Sacramental from the Beginning”

Another Look: Why Do We Love This Season?

Another Look: Why Do We Love This Season? Why do we love this season? I would suggest that aesthetics have much to do with the answer to that question. The lead-up to Christmas and its celebration is made sensible to us by means of the things we see, hear, smell, taste, and touch at thisContinue reading “Another Look: Why Do We Love This Season?”

Another Look: A Favorite Hymn — This Is My Father’s World

Ever since I was a child, one of my favorite hymns has been, “This Is My Father’s World”, by Rev. Maltbie D. Babcock. I’m sure what first caught my attention was its lovely melody, which is said to have been adapted from an English folk tune by Franklin L. Sheppard. This hymn (or poem asContinue reading “Another Look: A Favorite Hymn — This Is My Father’s World”

Another Look: The overwhelming giftedness and goodness of life

It doesn’t get any more basic than this. Here is foundational perspective for life, from a master wonderer and wordsmith. We wake up each morning to a world we did not make. How did it get here? How did we get here? We open our eyes and see that “old bowling ball the sun” careen overContinue reading “Another Look: The overwhelming giftedness and goodness of life”

“The overwhelming giftedness and goodness of life”

This is our hope: Words emerge from silence, the silence remains. • Wendell Berry • • • It doesn’t get any more basic than this. Here is foundational perspective for life, from a master wonderer and wordsmith. We wake up each morning to a world we did not make. How did it get here? HowContinue reading ““The overwhelming giftedness and goodness of life””

“A cohort of wonder”

William P. Brown serves as a great example of someone who has integrated biblical studies with scientific and technological progress so as to promote a “theology of wonder.” This portion from one of my favorite books on the Old Testament, The Seven Pillars of Creation, explains how Brown first caught that sense of wonder. I’ve included the video heContinue reading ““A cohort of wonder””

Sacramental from the beginning

…the mysterious character of all created reality lies in its sacramental nature. • Hans Boersma • • • Many of us have grounded our theology concerning the sacramental nature of life in this world in the Incarnation, when God took on flesh and walked among us in Jesus Christ. The Infinite clothed himself in the finite, and gaveContinue reading “Sacramental from the beginning”