Archive for July 2008

Banana Spirituality

July 29, 2008

Unless it’s called a “sport,” I’m not much into playing games. But when Sharon and I went on a day trip to Williamstown, Mass. recently, we stumbled upon a game that’s got us hooked. It’s called Bananagrams.  Someone has described Bananagrams as “Scrabble on steroids.” Instead of everyone working on the same crossword, each player works on their own crossword layout until all the tiles on the table are gone. Opportunities to pick up new letters and “dump” old ones keeps you from getting stuck for very long and also keep the game moving. It’s a hoot. (more…)

A Questionable Rest

July 24, 2008

A couple of days ago I came across this paragraph in a book on Old Testament theology I’m reading by John Goldingay (you know, some light summer reading). I think we need to consider what Goldingay says in order to gain a deeper, more nuanced understanding of what it means to “rest:” (more…)

Resting in the Trinity (Part 2)

July 22, 2008

Okay, back to the Trinity. I mentioned a couple of posts back that one thing that I’m finding helpful for being able to “rest” is experiencing the Trinity. I don’t mean just believing in the Trinity, but actually experiencing the Trinity Itself/Himself/Themselves. Obviously this is a subject that is more suitable for a book than for a blog post. So let me cut to the chase. (more…)

Resting in What We Do Best

July 21, 2008

I thought that this quote from Henri Nouwen was a good follow-up to yesterday’s sermon and communion celebration. Nouwen’s own journey took him from teaching at Harvard and Yale to spending his last years living at L’Arche, a community for the severely mentally and developmentally disabled and their helpers. (more…)

Resting in the Trinity

July 18, 2008

Thanks for your helpful comments after my last post. I said that I would share one thing in particular that I sense is critical for tapping into the rest that Jesus offers.

It’s experiencing the Trinity. (more…)

More on Rest

July 16, 2008

Jesus, the Lord of the Sabbath, says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” In the next two stories recorded in Matthew’s gospel, Jesus and his disciples are accused of breaking the Jewish Sabbath laws. By saying “Come to me…and I will give you rest,” Jesus is saying and doing something quite radical: he is assigning the sabbath not to a particular day but to a particular Person — himself. (more…)


July 15, 2008

How’s your Sabbath going?

No, I didn’t get my days mixed up during vacation. But I did read something while I was away that got me thinking: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). I know: nothing new here. I’m guessing most of you have this Scripture memorized, primarily because of all the times you’ve heard me quote it the last six years. (more…)