God can be experienced, but never captured

God’s ways are not our ways! There is more truth to that than we normally think. God is ineffable. What that means is...

Too bruised to be touched, a cause of suicide

The poet, Hafiz, wrote a poem nearly 700 years ago entitled, “We Should Talk About This Problem.” In it, God addresses a...

Things hidden from the learned and the clever

I’ve lived and worked within academic circles for most of my adult life, studying in various universities, teaching within university circles, and...

Remembering the gift that was Henri Nouwen

Henri Nouwen was perhaps the most popular spiritual writer of the late 20th century and his popularity endures today. More than seven million...

We demand that murderers be executed, God doesn’t

God is non-violent. God does not prescribe violence. Violence should never be rationalized in God’s name. That is clear in Christian revelation. But...

Dealing with loss, grief and obsessions

What can we say in the face of deep loss, inconsolable grief, or unrequited obsessions? As a graduate student in Louvain, I once...

Following Jesus, according to the Letter or the Spirit?

I work and move within church circles and find that most of the people I meet there are honest, committed, and for the...

Ritual sustains the heart, not vice versa

Never travel with anyone who expects you to be interesting all the time. On a long trip there are bound to be some...

If anyone is to be blamed, let’s blame God

In her the first volume of her autobiography, “Under My Skin,” Doris Lessing, shares this story: During her marriage to Gottfried Lessing,...

Good science is compatible with good religion

In certain circles it is believed that science trumps religion. The idea is simple and uncompromising: Religion cannot stand up to science....
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