J. Philip Newell writes of the teachings of ninth-century Celtic philosopher John Scotus Eriugena. As Newell relates, Eriugena believed that Christ manifests to us not only in scripture but also in creation (34). “Eriugena tells us that God is in all things, the essence of life; God has not created everything out of nothing, but … Continue reading Eriugena on God’s essence of life.
A climate protest will occur in Bremerton, WA on 20 Sep. 2019. It’s being organized by 350 West Sound Climate Action. It is part of the global climate strike (which will be held 20-27 Sep. 2019). For details, see the Kitsap Conservation Calendar at https://westsoundconservationcalendar.org/new-events. At the Bremerton event (as described by the West … Continue reading 20 Sep. 2019 Climate Protest in Bremerton
Earth brims with life. God obviously likes life and variety of life, since he put it everywhere. Upon this blue-green jewel he put us, too, and he chose to impart himself into us. Among species we’re the ones blessed to see and appreciate his nature. But with that spark of God—that freedom to see … Continue reading Blessed and Cursed: Our Power over Nature
During some of Jesus’s most challenging or significant events, or when he wanted to pray with God, one-on-one, with no distractions, he would go to the mountains, the wilderness, or a garden. There—surrounded by God’s miracles, wisdom, love, life, timelessness, and interconnectedness—his soul could be close to God’s — MRM“13Then Jesus came from Galilee to … Continue reading Jesus: close to God, in his nature
In the quiet of nature we find ourselves face-to-face with God’s love of life and variety of life, his cycles of life, death, and then life again, with the immensity of his time, and with the wonders and wisdom by which he created the universe. At the seashore, on a mountaintop, in a forest, in … Continue reading Face-to-Face in God’s Nature
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of humans landing on the moon, many newspapers and magazines have recently published articles and photos of the moon landing and other space-related events. The 14 July print edition of the Seattle Times devoted three pages (as well as a special moon-landing insert) to this special look back. In one … Continue reading Astronauts, Humankind, Earth, Space, and God
View of the Olympic Mountains from Klahane Ridge There are places where we sense God’s glory more: on mountaintops and seashores, beneath sunsets and sunrises, under a canopy of stars, in wildlife refuges brimming with God’s variety of life. It’s in these soul-eliciting places—undistracted by personal busyness and cares, and immersed in his nature—that we … Continue reading God’s Glory More