“Elegance is inferior to virtue.”
- Mary Shelley,
author of FRANKENSTEIN,
who was born on this day, 1797

 
Poem of the Day:
Digging
By Seamus Heaney
***Plus, 9 other poems read by the poet, who died on this day one year ago.

 
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by James K.A. Smith
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The Wake Up Call – August 30, 2014

“Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.”
- John Locke,
who was born on this day, 1632

 
Poem of the Day:
St. John Baptist
By Thomas Merton
***Today is the feast of St. John the Baptist

 
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The Wake Up Call – August 29, 2014

“What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.”
-Saint Augustine,
Today is the feast of St. Augustine, who died on this date, 430AD

 
Poem of the Day:
Gospel
Rita Dove  [ Tweet this ]

 
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The Wake Up Call – August 28, 2014

Rick LovePeace be With You.

A Review of

Peace Catalysts: Resolving Conflict in Our Families, Organizations and Communities

Rick Love

Paperback: IVP Books, 2014.
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Reviewed by James Stambaugh

 

I speak two dialects of Christianese.  I know Episcopalian: “the priest, wearing a chasuble over his alb, is in the narthex with the thurifer and crucifer.”  I also know evangelical.  I once had an evangelical college professor who was famous for his two points of contact handshakes (hand and elbow) coupled with the question: “How have you made Jesus real in your life today, brother?”  Another professor would preface every topic with, “The Lord has really been dealing with me today about…”

 

Rick Love is a rhetorical master of the evangelical dialect.  As a result, his latest book, Peace Catalysts, is a superb resource for convincing evangelical Christians of the importance of peacemaking both on an interpersonal and societal level.  It is a practical guide for peacemaking that is accessible to the average American churchgoer.

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Seamus Heaney

This weekend marks the first anniversary of the death of poet Seamus Heaney…

We offer in remembrance, this collection of videos of him reading his poetry!

*** Books by Seamus Heaney ***

Hope you enjoy these recordings!

#10 – Digging




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I’ve been reading Entering the Silence, and really enjoying his stories of life in the monastery.

Thomas Merton (Monk, Mystic and Poet)

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J. Philip WogamanDeveloping Meaningful Interfaith Relationships

A Review of

What Christians Can Learn from Other Religions.
J. Philip Wogaman


Paperback: WJK Books, 2014.
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Reviewed by Joel David Ickes

 

What Christians Can Learn from Other Religions comes at a time when a lot has been said about world religions. It was not too long ago that religious traditions could easily be insulated from others, but in a world of constant communication and travel, contact and competition among religions are no longer avoidable. A new multireligious environment emerges in the post-Christian memory. Though these faiths have always existed—some before Christianity, others after—we find ourselves more and more “bumping into each other” in our communities. We must consider factors such as globalization, immigration, and urbanization playing into the likelihood of crossing paths with someone from another faith. Increasingly, Christians need to learn to have an interreligious dialogue with one another given this reality, so Wogaman’s book is a timely resource that can aid Christians in learning from other religions. The ultimate goal of this book, I believe, is that we all become a little more knowledgeable of and loving towards our others.

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Len KagelerHelping Youth Contribute to the Common Good

A Review of

Youth Ministry in a Multifaith Society: Forming Christian Identity Among Skeptics, Syncretists and Sincere Believers of Other Faiths

Len Kageler

Paperback: InterVarsity Press, 2014
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Reviewed by John W. Morehead
 
Evangelical books and other resources that address youth ministry usually do so without much reference to the pluralism and multifaith context of America and the West. Len Kageler’s volume, Youth Ministry in a Multifaith Society, fills a much-needed void in this area.
 
Kageler’s book examines youth ministry in multifaith contexts through nine chapters and two appendices. His approach is unique in that he does not follow a typical doctrinal contrast template found in so many other Evangelical volumes that touch on other religions. Instead, he helps Evangelical youth workers understand their ministry in light of social scientific data, as well as similar approaches being taken by youth workers in other religious traditions. In the first chapter he draws attention to the concepts of youth and adolescents as well as the youth work activities of Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and Jews. He concludes the chapter by noting that exposure of Evangelical youth group members to the members of other religious youth groups can have a positive function that can “call into question previously held assumptions” (31) which then aids in spiritual formation.

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“The history of the world is none other than the progress of the consciousness of freedom.”
-GWF Hegel, born this date, 1770

 
Poem of the Day:
Blessed are the Merciful
Tania Runyan

 

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The Wake Up Call – August 27, 2014

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
- Mother Teresa,
born this date,1910   Tweet this ]

 
Poem of the Day:
On Righteous Indignation
G.K. Chesterton
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The Wake Up Call – August 26, 2014