"There is an intellectual desire, an eros of the mind. Without it there would arise no questioning, no inquiry, no wonder." Bernard Lonergan

"It seems clear that humans cannot significantly reduce or mitigate the dangers inherent in their use of life by ccumulating more information or better theories or by achieving greater predictability or more caution in their scientific and industrial work. To treat life as less than a miracle is to give up on it." Wendell Berry

"Do not be afraid, my little flock, for it is the Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." Luke 12:32

Friday, June 29, 2012

Marcia Mount Shoop - Theologian in Residence in the New York Times

I hope and pray you enjoyed our Theologian in Residence, Dr. Marcia Mount Shoop.

In so many ways, we are a richer congregation for her being with us.  Last weekend, Samuel Freedman from the New York Times was with us, following Marcia, speaking with her, and listening to her theology of incarnation and divine embodiment.  

His article about Marcia was published today.  Here is a link if you are interested, and the title suggests the angle he take and the testimony that Marcia gives:

A Rape Survivor Now Ministers Body and Soul

Thanks to Marcia for sharing with us and inspiring us to find the spirit and see the Lord in some new ways.

Thanks to Mr. Freedman for telling a part of her story well - may others finds the redemption and power and renewal that Marcia has found.

From the point of Oberlin and MacDonald,


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Just thought I would share this link.  Are these encouraging signs or signs of tougher times to come?  What would your ideas be to reverse these statistics and trends?

2011 PC(USA) Statistics

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Thin Places

My friend Pete Perry calls Montreat a thin place - where the distance between heaven and earth is small.  Where the distance between the Spirit and the people is small.

Where are your thin places?