Daniel Jepsen: The Sin of the Orthodox

The Sin of the Orthodox by Daniel Jepsen Note: by “Orthodox” I am referring to those who are biblical and traditional in their theology; I am not referring to the Orthodox Church. • • • Each time I read the book of Job I find deeper meanings.  As I read it this week, one ideaContinue reading “Daniel Jepsen: The Sin of the Orthodox”

Wisdom Week: “Who am I?”

Kathleen Norris is one of our wisest contemporary authors. It has been over twenty years since I first read her “spiritual geography,” Dakota, the remarkable contemplative memoir about the power of place and paying attention. It retains its power today. In a chapter about her spiritual journey and the faith of her ancestors, she recallsContinue reading “Wisdom Week: “Who am I?””

Wisdom Week: The Pastoral Wisdom of Small Talk

No one has imparted more wise insights to me about the pastoral life than Eugene Peterson. I’m sad I’ve never met him, even though when I lived in Maryland, his church was right down the road. How different my course might have been had I been introduced to him then! But then perhaps that wouldContinue reading “Wisdom Week: The Pastoral Wisdom of Small Talk”

Wisdom Week: Life is the Farm

To focus on technique is like cramming your way through school. You sometimes get by, perhaps even get good grades, but if you don’t pay the price day in and day out, you never achieve true mastery of the subjects you study or develop an educated mind. Did you ever consider how ridiculous it wouldContinue reading “Wisdom Week: Life is the Farm”

Wisdom Week: Proverbs – Life’s Baseline

When most people think of “wisdom” with regard to the Bible, the Book of Proverbs comes to mind. Proverbs contains observations and instructions about life at its “baseline.” It sets forth general standards of life and living well. Eugene Peterson describes its sapiential message in these terms: “Wisdom is the art of living skillfully in whatever actual conditionsContinue reading “Wisdom Week: Proverbs – Life’s Baseline”

Wisdom Week on IM: “Why?” not just “What?”

Wisdom Week on Internet Monk Post One: “Why?” not just “What?” The older I get, the less I focus on what I think and I become more interested in why I think like I do. In my opinion, this is why older people can become cynical and critical of younger generations. Many young folks are still coming toContinue reading “Wisdom Week on IM: “Why?” not just “What?””

Bits of wisdom, more or less

The voices of poets, storytellers, and artists will never be given the prominence granted to the pundits, politicians, and power brokers. And the world will be forever impoverished. And now abide money, sex, and power. But the greatest of these is power. “Such a waste of talent. He chose money over power, in this town aContinue reading “Bits of wisdom, more or less”