Christian faith and life

baptism doesn’t mean being separate from those who aren’t baptized

Posted by PeteEnns on January 9, 2017 in Christian faith and life 2 Comments

Rowan Williams (Master of Magdalene House, Cambridge University, and former Archbishop of Canterbury) has a wonderful discussion on baptism in his wonderful little book Being Christian. Here’s a bit of it I really like: So baptism means being with Jesus ‘in the depths’: the depths of human need, including the depths of our own selves in their need—but also

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Darkness, a vulnerable faith, and the normal Christian life (even at Christmas)

Posted by PeteEnns on December 19, 2016 in Christian faith and life The Sin of Certainty 10 Comments

[I posted this originally in February, but I am posting it again as we are in the Christmas season. I know people who are struggling mightily with depression and spiritual darkness because it is Christmas time. Sometimes it helps to know you are not alone.] On and off over the last few months, I’ve been reading Mother Teresa: Come

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Losing it at the Dollar Tree

Posted by PeteEnns on December 14, 2016 in Christian faith and life 2 Comments

[I wrote this 5 years ago and it came to mind today–as it always does this time of year.] I don’t normally get emotional at the Dollar Tree. I mean, the prices are great, but I usually don’t get choked up about it. I was getting into my car, and parked beside me—crooked—was a white

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remember to hold your beliefs lightly: the Bible says so

Posted by PeteEnns on December 2, 2016 in Christian faith and life nature of the Bible 23 Comments

Here’s the point I want to make today: Being deeply challenged in our faith is not a “threat” or “attack” that should be fought against. Rather, these moments play an important and necessary role in our spiritual growth. Nothing has helped me see more clearly the positive spiritual value of having one’s faith tradition challenged than

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when the Bible disagrees with itself, and the key to handling it

Posted by PeteEnns on November 18, 2016 in Christian faith and life nature of the Bible 21 Comments

Here is a great quote from Leslie Newbigin a friend passed on to me recently. “…the confession of Jesus as the unique Son of God who by his incarnation, ministry, death and resurrection has acted decisively for the redemption of the world and for the renewal of the whole creation…provides the hermeneutical key with which

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a dance of despair and joy—a comment on the life of faith

Posted by PeteEnns on November 13, 2016 in biblical theology Christian faith and life 13 Comments

The readings today at St. Matthew’s (and every other) Episcopal church were Isaiah 65:17-25 and Luke 21:5-19. What an interesting pairing. Isaiah’s words are all about the future bliss of Jerusalem where pretty much everything that can go right does and everything that can go wrong doesn’t. There will be no more weeping or cries

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