Archive for May, 2010

Priest Fights Gangs with “Boundless Compassion”

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

In wrapping up on the planning for this weeks service we are working on pulling together Justice, Mercy, and Humility.  All three depend on one another.  Read the list and try dropping even one of the three.  It quickly degrades the thrust of God’s business, God’s intent.

In a NPR interview Father Gregory Boyle spoke very movingly about his work with “Homeboys” and the “slow work of God.”  Throughout, is a context of justice, mercy, and humility lived out into challenges of life.

Listen to the interview and share your thoughts.  A special thanks to Anders Fehon for putting me towards it.

Many Faiths, One Truth

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Today NYT’s Op Ed page carried the article, “Many Faiths, One Truth”, authored by the Dalai Lama.

The Dalai Lama

It comes on the day when I will be preaching on the topic “God invites you to one HUGE city”  (May 25th, 8:00 PM, Bryn Athyn Cathedral)

The core of the message is the courage it takes to live into the expansive view of God – the HUGE city.  It is the profound shift from the “naive egalitarianism” of adolescence to the “radical inclusion” of Jesus.  Often, I think the two get confused.

The former is an easy, comfortable laissez-faire attitude.  The later calls for discomfort, courage and “call.”  What does radical inclusion call us to stop doing?  What does it call us to do?