22nd August 2014

A kingdom is forged in tireless effort, taller and wider, it swells in power. And power is what it will need for its own protection, for glory comes to those who remain standing, proud and victorious. A cycle of fear and violence.

Kingdom
Power
Glory

These are realms our world offers and sells and promises. They are realms we fight to keep. But they are not ours. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory.

[Thoughts on the Doxology]

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19th August 2014

The Lord’s Prayer is training in how to understand the political significance of God’s Messiah, Jesus. It is a pledge of allegiance to a king and his kingdom that throws all our other allegiances into crisis. Take a trip to Washington, D.C., and you will see this world’s kingdom, power, and glory done in marble and granite. There, as in the capital of any nation, the principalities and the powers are given sculptural and architectural embodiment. Everything is bigger than it needs to be, granite, made to appear eternal. Thomas Jefferson is made, in the Jefferson Memorial, to look like a god. Our nations’ wars are transformed into crusades. The Declaration of Independence becomes scripture. The Lord’s Prayer has a problem with all that. 

Stanley HauerwasLord, Teach Us, p.96

18th August 2014

Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Collect, Proper 16, The Week of August 24, 2014

15th August 2014

It is tiring and unhealthy to lose your Saturday afternoons, but to have them free because you don’t matter, that is much worse. 

C.S. Lewis, from “The Inner Ring” of The Weight of Glory, 1941

11th August 2014

We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer. That you are here - that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?

John Keating, Dead Poets Society

R.I.P. Robin Williams 

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