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Summer Books 2016

May 27th, 2016 · 2 Comments · Faith and the City

In his memoire, Confessions, St. Augustine famously describes his life’s lowest point. One afternoon, while taking inventory of his misery, Augustine is overcome. He has a public meltdown. Crouching under a tree, sobbing uncontrollably, he pours out his heart. Eventually, he blames heaven for his predicament. “How long, O God,” asks Augustine, “will you be angry?” […]

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You Are What You Eat

May 30th, 2013 · Comments Off on You Are What You Eat · Faith and the City

What is the “nature” of the host? When one of my theology professors scribbled this question on the chalkboard, the entire classroom winced.  After all, the desks at the Divinity School were filled with Catholics, Lutherans, Episcopalians, Baptists and even a few Presbyterians.  We knew we did not see eye to eye on this issue. […]

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Restless Hearts and Summers End

August 21st, 2012 · 3 Comments · Sharp Prayers

Summer is drawing to a close. Today, I have been packing to leave my in-laws’ house in Duluth, Minnesota, for New York and what promises to be an exciting year at FAPC.  This morning I taped up a box of books (Duluth is study time for me) that I have to mail back to NYC.  […]

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Augustine’s Prayer

January 28th, 2010 · Comments Off on Augustine’s Prayer · Sharp Prayers

One of my all-time favorite prayers… O loving God, to turn away from you is to fall, to turn toward you is to rise, and to stand before you is to abide forever. Grant us, dear God, in all our duties your help; in all our uncertainties your guidance; in all our dangers your protection; […]

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