Edith Stein

In this season of Lent we have chosen, in our preaching, to contemplate the message of the prophets and martyrs of our time. We are seeking, through them, to apprehend the meaning of suffering, leadership, and witness. We do so in our contemporary context, the overriding spiritual and moral concerns of which are vexed and…

The Four Last Things from George Herbert’s The Temple, 1633

Death. Death, thou wast once an uncouth hideous thing, Nothing but bones, The sad effect of sadder grones: Thy mouth was open, but thou couldst not sing. For we consider’d thee as at some six                                              5 Or ten yeares hence, After the losse of life and sense, Flesh being turn’d to dust, and bones…

Eternal hymnodists

Despite the abundant evidence that Christians between the first century and the fourth were rethinking some fundamental categories of social and political life in the eastern Mediterranean, they did not wander so far from the heritage of Jewish psalmody in the home, or in the Temple, as to suppose that their gatherings could be without…

The Fear of God

Fear of God…never means to the Jews that they ought to be afraid of God, but that, trembling, they ought to be aware of His incomprehensibility…It is the dark gate through which man must pass if he is to enter into the love of God. He who wishes to avoid passing through this gate, he…