Fixed…John 15:26-16:15 for Sunday, May 22, 2016

Friends, I apologize for the earlier technical difficulty with this week’s podcast! You should be able to access the audio now. Thank you, Karen Crutchfield, for bringing the problem to my attention. Deepest Peace, Todd Icon: This is a version of The Holy Trinity icon written by Andrei Rublev of the 15th Century. This particular version hangsContinue reading “Fixed…John 15:26-16:15 for Sunday, May 22, 2016”

John 10:22-30 for Sunday, April 17, 2016

Image: Circle Journaling. This is my visual for the exercise I describe at the conclusion of the podcast. Placing the word, phrase, image that was given to you as you listened to the text being read in in a circle/shape in the middle of the page, draw lines outwardly from there to other circles where you areContinue reading “John 10:22-30 for Sunday, April 17, 2016”

John 21:1-19 for Sunday, April 10, 2016

Photo: That’s the little Cuthbert’s Isle, just off the shore of Lindisfarne Island, England. One September night, a few years ago, when I meant to spend just a few hours of the night in prayer on Cuthbert’s Isle, I accidentally got stranded the entire night due to a very high and fast rising tide. During the night,Continue reading “John 21:1-19 for Sunday, April 10, 2016”

Luke 13:31-35 for Sunday, February 21, 2016

            Music: I Will Arise sung by Martha Bassett* (http://www.marthabassett.com/albums/) Photo: Mosaic at the foot of the altar in Dominus Flavit chapel built on the traditional site where Jesus stopped and wept over the city of Jerusalem (as found at https://thelifekinetic.wordpress.com) *used with permission    

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Hey Friends! I’m up at John Wesley Ranch (Divide, CO) working on trails and doing fire midigation with a team of wonderful teenagers this week.  I’ll return soon. Meanwhile, there are 150 episodes in the archives available for your pleasure. Try using the search field on the upper right.  Deepest Peace, Todd  

Mark 1:9-15 for Sunday, February 22, 2015, First Sunday of Lent

                Artwork: Discernment in the Desert by Jan Richardson* (janrichardsonimages.com) Nature Sounds: Windy Winter Solstice- Lakefield National Park, Cape York by Tai*(https://soundcloud.com/nature-sounds/windy-winter-solstice) * Artwork and Nature Sounds used with permissions.      

Matthew 21:33-46 for Sunday, October 5, 2014

      What is our Lord doing in this last hour before his arrest, before his Passion begins? He goes away alone to pray. So we, when we have a severe trial to undergo, or some danger or some suffering to face, go aside to pray in solitude, and so pass the last hoursContinue reading “Matthew 21:33-46 for Sunday, October 5, 2014”

Matthew 21:23-32 for Sunday, September 28, 2014

      Abstractions offer the ego lots of payoffs: We can remain seemingly in control; we can live in our heads; we can avoid loving in general or loving anyone in particular; we can avoid humor, paradox and freedom… ~ Richard Rohr, Things Hidden, p.68. Artwork and Music used with permissions. Artwork: And OpenContinue reading “Matthew 21:23-32 for Sunday, September 28, 2014”

Matthew 20:1-16 for Sunday, September 21, 2014

      How good of you, God, to make truth a relationship instead of an idea. ~ Richard Rohr Artwork: A Tender and Grimy Grace by Jan Richardson(www.janrichardsonimages.com) Music: Kyrie Eleison, Dan Gibson’s Solitudes: Peaceful Gegorian Chants (http://www.solitudes.com/Shopping/ViewProductDetails.aspx?productID=INDY_0096741144127_MP3)

Matthew 18: 21-35 for Sunday, September 14, 2014

      “Standing humbly before God’s gaze not only unites the psyche but it…frees us from…the vertigo of imagination. It’s the whirlpool of imagination, looking here, there and everywhere. Standing before one, accepting God literally allows you to be composed and gathered into one place. You can be in one place; you can beContinue reading “Matthew 18: 21-35 for Sunday, September 14, 2014”

Exodus 3:1-15 for Sunday, August 31, 2014

                  To have naked interface with the Ultimate Other is to know one’s self in one’s truest and deepest being. When you allow yourself to be perfectly received, totally gazed upon by the One who knows everything and receives everything, you are indestructible…then the voices of theContinue reading “Exodus 3:1-15 for Sunday, August 31, 2014”

Exodus 1:8-2:10 for Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Bible is full of flawed, wounded individuals….Those flaws train them, it seems, for mutuality, vulnerability and honest face-to-face relationship, where you allow the other to influence you. Our word for that is presence or even faith. ~ Richard Rohr, Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality, pp.63-64.  Artwork: The Gift of Story by Jan Richardson (http://www.janrichardsonimages.com)Continue reading “Exodus 1:8-2:10 for Sunday, August 24, 2014”

Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 for Sunday, August 10, 2014

      “Healthy religion knows that there are many essential things you can only know by a different path than cerebral knowing…The really great truths, like love and inner freedom, are not fully conceptual…They can never be ‘proven’ to others, whether you’re a Ph.D. or even have five degrees in theology. They are knownContinue reading “Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 for Sunday, August 10, 2014”

Genesis 32:22-31 for Sunday, August 3, 2014

      “Mystery is not something that you cannot understand, but it is something that is endlessly understandable! It is multilayered and pregnant with meaning and never totally admits to closure or resolution.” ~ Richard Rohr in Scripture as Spirituality, p. 62. Artwork: Jacob and the Angel by Jacob Epstein, contemporary, 1940, Tate Gallery.Continue reading “Genesis 32:22-31 for Sunday, August 3, 2014”

Genesis 29:15-28 for Sunday, July 27, 2014

              “Jesus brings the biblical tradition to a climax when he defines truth itself as personal rather than conceptual. He says, ‘I am the truth”…and then immediately defines himself as on who is in absolute relationship with his ‘Father”…and the Spirit who is in relationship to both…This rearranges theContinue reading “Genesis 29:15-28 for Sunday, July 27, 2014”

Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 for Sunday, July 13, 2014

              Good to be back! I hope this week’s lectio stirs up a good drenching of grace. Here’s part of Lucado’s quote I use in the podcast this week: God’s grace has a drenching about it. A wildness about it. A white-water, riptide, turn-you-upside-downness about it. Grace comes afterContinue reading “Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 for Sunday, July 13, 2014”