Thursday, September 10, 2009

Current Prayer Current Reading

I am enjoying my return to routine in the office this fall.

My daily prayer life seems to be returning to normal: morning prayer, special intercessions for family, friends, coworkers, clergy and their families and parishioners. I follow the daily lectionary and have been posting on twitter reflective passages coming out of that reading. I follow the ordo of the Society of St. John the Evangelist, which is the calendar for the psalms, feasts, and fasts.

I am also reading as part of my meditations in the morning the Archbishop's (ABC) meditations from Lambeth called: God's Mission and a Bishop's Discipleship. I have already read this short wee bookie once, but it is really good so I am at it again.

I am working on Luke's Gospel for a new Hitchhiker's Guide to be out this fall. I also picked up N. T. Wright's new book Justification. That is really good. He really stirs the pot in this one.

On the fun side I just finished The Big Rich and am working on The First American, This is England, Biography of Bishop Greg, and Here Comes Everybody (second read).

What are you reading?

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  • "Christianity is not a theory or speculation, but a life; not a philosophy of life, but a life and a living process." Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • "Most people are willing to take the Sermon on the Mount as a flag to sail under, but few will use it as a rudder by which to steer." Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • "Perfection, in a Christian sense, means becoming mature enough to give ourselves to others." Kathleen Norris
  • "Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can." John Wesley
  • "The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried." G. K. Chesterton
  • "One of our great allies at present is the Church itself. Do not misunderstand me. I do not mean the Church as we see her spread out through all time and space and rooted in eternity, terrible as an army with banners. That, I confess, is a spectacle which makes our boldest tempters uneasy. But fortunately it is quite invisible to these humans." C. S. Lewis
  • "When we say, 'I love Jesus, but I hate the Church,' we end up losing not only the Church but Jesus too. The challenge is to forgive the Church. This challenge is especially great because the church seldom asks us for forgiveness." Henri Nouwen, Bread for the Journey
  • "Christians are hard to tolerate; I don't know how Jesus does it." Bono
  • "It's too easy to get caught in our little church subcultures, and the result is that the only younger people we might know are Christians who are already inside the church." Dan Kimball