vol. 2, num. 24 :: 2003.12.19 — 2004.01.01
In the church year, a time of reflection leads up to a celebration of the magnificent turning point inspired by a small miracle. How do we negotiate our personal transitions, both the every day and the life-changing?
A series of meditations, stories and quotes on the nature of time, change, and grace.
The distance from formal education combined with the busyness of daily life requires a transformation of study habits.
An interview with painter Ben Keys.
A statement of beliefs fitting for holiday reflection.
An Advent reflection on adopting and being adopted.
Late night thoughts on the incarnation as turning point.
Director Peter Jackson follows through on the promise of the first two films in The Return of the King.
A sampling of interesting pop culture happenings that will either whet your appetite or ruin it.
Like the desert tales that monks have used for centuries as a basis for a theology and a way of life, the tales of small-town gossip are often morally instructive, illustrating the ways ordinary people survive the worst that happens to them; or, conversely, the ways in which self-pity, anger, and despair can overwhelm and destroy them. Gossip is theology translated into experience. In it we hear great stories of conversion, like the drunk who turns his or her life around, as well as stories of failure. We can see that pride really does go before a fall, and that hope is essential. We watch closely those who retire, or who lose a spouse, lest they lose interest in living. When we gossip we are also praying, not only for them, but for ourselves.
“The Holy Use of Gossip” in Dakota
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