Are you ready to dig deeper? I've created some curated readings just for you and your friends -- the very words of the Vintage Saints and Sinners you've come to know in my book along with a leader's guide for each session. From Augustine to O'Connor, you'll find some of my favorites...and I'm adding new sessions all the time. Want to know more? Special requests for more readings? Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Glimpse the inside stories. Good questions. True confessions. Random thoughts.
That Disney princess was right after all: dreams really do come true! I've got a post up on the Art House America blog--the epicenter of all things thoughtful, innovative and cool. Read the piece on the curious Juana Ines de la Cruz right here.
This painting by Cosmas Damian Asam Bavarian, 1686–1739, represents the artist's desire to capture Saint Benedict's ecstatic, mystical vision in naturalistic terms, via light that is a metaphor for the divine presence. The canvas shows an elderly saint who, confronted by a solar eclipse, seems to experience a seizure—as well as enlightenment—at the moment when light erupts from the celestial sphere, as described in Benedict’s vision.
The artist accurately depicted the solar corona surrounding the moon, which is obscured by the sun as well as by the light that bursts forth from the edge of the dark lunar disk in the moment after totality. This phenomenon—when the first ray of light breaks through a valley on the edge of the moon’s silhouette—is known as the “diamond-ring effect”. This suggests that Asam witnessed the eclipse of May 13, 1733, and perhaps combined his own observations of it with descriptions from contemporary scientists.
Rev. Jeff Myers, senior pastor of Roswell Presbyterian Church, preaches out of the powerful witness of Amanda Berry Smith in his August 6 sermon, "Psalms of the Summer: Lean On Me". The Scripture begins at minute 14:00; Jeff's sermon (at 19:00) opens with a story from Vintage Saints and Sinners and returns to Amanda Berry Smith at minute 35:00. Jeff's reflections on Psalm 139 are just what you need to hear today. Watch the video now!
Brother Lawrence, a lame war veteran, uneducated and clumsy, discovered his purpose at last: to simply live in the presence of the loving God. The poet Denise Levertov writes that he "entered then the unending 'silent secret conversation,' the life of steadfast attention" and found that the labors of everyday life became infused with "streams of sparkling color."
Brother Lawrence invites us to love God. To know God. To be transformed.
A pair of hawks have made a nest in the high oak tree outside our bedroom window. From dawn till night, in sun or rain, the birds shriek and dive. They wake me with their insistent screams, calling me, too: to hunt, to fly, to freefall, to float, to trust.
Dom Helder Câmara was archbishop in the poverty-stricken north-east of Brazil from 1964 to 1985, the most vicious period of military dictatorship. As a pastor who championed the cause of the poor in the face of hostility, Câmara insisted upon a Christian spirituality that is expressed in our concrete, everyday commitments. How is God's transforming your life today?