Theology is everywhere! by Jane Cooper Stacy en-us Frederick Buechner and Wishful Thinking If I had a favorite theologian, Frederick Buechner would be right up there. I have most of his books and they are in threads. I love "Wishful Thinking" if, for no other reason that it has one line in it! "All theology, like all fiction, is, at its heart, autobiography!" Later, in The Sacred Journey, he added, " The place God takes you to is where your deep gladness and world's deep hunger, meet!" I love both of those lines. I believe them both. I believe that Paul was changed... Wed, 03 Apr 2013 11:34:59 -0500 Preterition Every day I have a "Dictionary" entry that comes up on my computer so that I can read new words to see if I have even a speaking acquaintance with them. Yesterday's word was "Preterition" and it means "the act of passing over or by; disregarding". In this world which calls for justice and equality, it is a good word. I have a heart for the underdog, the person who "never was and never will be". I cannot imagine living in a world where your aspirations could never go anywhere. It makes... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 08:38:27 -0500 Oh, my aching back! I have had a bad back which goes out at most inopportune moments since I was hurt in a carwreck when I was a senior in high school. I know it as well as I do anything. Today I came down to the kitchen, unloaded the dishwasher, and bam, I was down for the count! I crept over to the couch and the heating pad and knew it was all over for me for a day. All I could depend on was my brace when I could get upstairs to get it and Motrin and Ben Gay (when I could get to the downstairs bathroom to... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 09:49:28 -0500 Love in Action I read Mike Parry's Facebook entry Tuesday morning (Oct 16, 2012)and it struck a chord with me. All it said was, "For I was hungry and you fed me". These were words of Jesus in Matthew 25:35 but they have always been a standard for me in what Christianity was all about. It still is. Here in the middle of an election campaign, I am a one-issue person. And that is the poor of this country. Who is committed to feed the poor and means to do something about it? Who will energize this... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 09:45:22 -0500 My son comes home! My son comes home! It has been a long time since Jim has been home and I sit waiting for Jim and Laurie to drive up. I have sat on the front porch and watched until I am worn out with watching. All day long I have thought of funny things that have happened in the raising of Jim. (who, by all accounts, was not an easy-raise at times.) He keeps calling from the road and each time I hear the rising excitement and I am certain he can say the same of me. What do they want to do? Where do... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 08:42:38 -0500 Wrestling with God I love the story in Genesis 32 about Jacob wrestling with God. Jacob had spent his life trying to outshine and outdo everyone around him in order to get the big piece of the pie. Of course, he could always justify his own conduct in his own mind. He cheated his brother, Esau, out of his birthright and everything else that mattered. But like many "aggressive cheaters" he finally realized that he was at the end of his rope. Esau was out there waiting for him and he might not be as forgiving... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 08:39:10 -0500 A Biblical View of Friendship Last night I went to St. Louis to Southeast Salutes honoring distinguished St. Louis alumni. The alumni director asked me to attend and I thought that I had been gone away from the event long enough that it would be fun to attend. I kept thinking of people I wanted to see --people I had loved for so long and who were such a part of my 26 years as Alumni Director. And it was amazing to see people and feel that feeling of love flow so openly. In this picture, I am with Mike Stroot,... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 10:46:12 -0500 Did Jesus Have A Wife? The theological controversy has hit all the major television stations as of yesterday. Dr. Karen King, of Harvard Divinity School, announced that she had located a 4th-century papyrus fragment of a special scroll referring to the supposed fact that Jesus had a wife. I watched and recorded the segment on at least four television stations and called it up on the web. And what else do I know> It boils down to these questions: Is the 4th century fragment of papyrus genuine? Who are the... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 10:42:39 -0500 No Greater Love! I have always loved the verse found in John 15:13: "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." It just took me many years to understand that we "lay down our lives" in many ways for the people we love. In the past few days, we have watched President Obama recite the verse as he took part in the transferral of remains ceremony for Ambassador Stevens and the three other men who were killed in the Libya raid. This month my grandson, Landon, was deployed... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 08:56:24 -0500 Anthea Butler gets Tweeted! I came home from lunch, flipped on the television and faced an interview program with Dr. Anthea Butler, religion professor at University of Pennsylvania. She had tweeted that the so-called Sam Bacille, who did the controversial trailer of the Mohammed portrayal on film, should be in jail himself. This brought her a whole new set of Twitter un-pals. She handled herself well talking about free speech vs. inciteful rhetoric. Where does one end and another begin. Who makes that judgement... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 08:53:24 -0500 Shunning is not just a word; its an act!! Sunday, September 16, 2012Shunning is not just a word; it's an act! Shunning is an act of social or mental rejection. We think of the Amish or the Mennonites when we think of this being done in a religious setting. But it can and does happen in many churches and in many secular worlds. The Amish call is "meidung", the German word for avoidance. There are two Scriptures which may or may not be used in adopting such harsh psychological measures against another: l Corinthians 5:11-13 and... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 10:00:12 -0500