Month: December 2011

Friday Photo – Cohen and Claus Up Close

Last year Cohen sat quietly for his first photo op with Santa. This year not so much. Grandpa ended up helping get a photo or two.

Aunt Tommie captured an up close of Cohen. Maybe after Max arrives she will get her camera back out and show off that great eye for a shot she possesses.


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Illusions of Advent

Fr. Rohr offered the following this morning in my Inbox,

All false religion proceeds in a certain sense from one illusion. When people say piously, “Thy kingdom come” out of one side of their mouth, they need also to say, “My kingdom go!” out of the other side. The kingdom of God supersedes and far surpasses all kingdoms of self and society or personal reward.

I was reminded of Bonhoeffer’s Life Together where he notes the effects of the “wish dream” on a local community. Until the “wish dream,” illusion following Fr. Rohr’s language,  suffers a shattering it inhibits relationships rather than provides vision and goals.

Advent may then be an illusion unless we are willing to see the coming of Jesus into our own lives, worlds, and reorienting our passion for our self into a passion for others.

Friday Photo – Looking for a Shot

You never know where or how you will find the right spot to capture that one photograph. Maybe it is like golf. For most mid to high handicappers we may hit more poor shots than good ones. But, when we strike the ball just right and the result is more than what we normally expect we commit to another round. Not necessarily that same day. But, those are the shots we hold on to that keep us playing that silly game.

I envision photography in much the same way. We scour others’ work and wonder will we ever capture something so grand. We will know it when we see it. And then we will hope that once we have actuated the shutter what we thought we saw is what we have captured.

Charlie and I have been on a number of these adventures. We tend to see the same things differently. We like many of the same scenes and we are most critical of our own work. By no means are we professionals. Read More

Cities and Gardens – Thoughts from the Edge

What would it look like to rebuild cities and plant new gardens. The imagery is at work in the Isaiah text for the third Sunday in the Season of Advent. Jerusalem lay desolate and in ruins. How would it be made new again? Often we think of rebuilding and planting as it materially relates to cities and to gardens. But, what about the condition and shape of human lives in need of rebuilding and planting? How are people any less materially represented when stories about of neglect, abuse, tragedy, and disease?

This week’s edition of Thoughts from the Edge stem from Toni sharing her experiences working with orphaned girls and boys in Guatemala. Is it possible to think of the work with those brokenhearted, bound, and captive as the very work of Jesus? If so, then last week at Snow Hill, we heard the same words uttered by Jesus in Luke 4, quoting Isaiah 61, and also heard, “Today these words are being fulfilled in your hearing.”

What do you think? This may well be what gets at the heart of Scot McKnight’s book, The King Jesus Gospel and represents an understanding of N.T. Wright’s Simply Jesus wrapped in the package of a life that affirms what Scot McKnight has written, Junia Is Not Alone.

McKnight Draws Attention to Greek Accent Just In Time for Advent

Was it Isaiah or Malachi? Maybe it was from Exodus, Malachi, and Isaiah. What does the Gospel text for the Second Sunday in Advent (Mark 1:1-8) have to do with Scot McKnight’s recent foray into ebook publishing? Nothing. Everything.

Junia Is Not Alone expands on passing references Scot has made to Junia (Romans 16:7) in other of his books. And, Junia is Not Alone succinctly addresses the matter others have taken more space to elucidate. So, exactly how does a long-ish essay intersect an Advent text?

The text for the Second Sunday in Advent notes, “As it is written in Isaiah the prophet.” From there, Mark combines references to parts of Exodus, Isaiah, and Malachi. But, he conveys them as the words of Isaiah. Scholars who undertake to venture a guess suggest Mark followed a common pattern of calling attention to the prophetic tradition as a “collective” and then pointing to a major figure from that “tradition” when referencing material from said collective. Read More