Our Buechner blog features articles from Fred and guest authors, selected excerpts from Buechner books, audio and video recordings, and announcements from the Frederick Buechner Center.

Click here to listen to the audio of Buechner's lecture at Bangor Theological Seminary.

Today’s guest quote is by Anne Lamott, from Traveling Mercies:

It only took me one more year to admit that I could no longer control my drinking. And finally on July 7, 1986, I quit, and let a bunch of sober alcoholics teach me how to get sober, and stay sober.

God, they were such a pain in the ass.

Let me put it this way...

A friend of mine told me about a Christmas pageant he took part in once as the rector of an Episcopal church somewhere. The manger was down in front at the chancel steps where it always is. Mary was there in a blue mantle and Joseph in a cotton beard. The wise men were there with a handful of shepherds, and of course...

I think of the Last Supper as haunting in another way as well-not just as a kind of shadowy dream of an event long past but also as a kind of foreshadowing of an event not all that far in the future, by which I mean our own last suppers, the last time you and I will sit down with a handful of our own closest friends...

Today's guest quote is by Rob Bell, from Love Wins:

 

In Paul's first letter to Timothy he mentions Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom he has "handed over to Satan to be taught not to blaspheme." (Something in me wants to read that in a Darth Vader voice.)

Now I realize that the moment he mentions Satan, things can get really confusing. But beyond the questions-

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The Kingdom of God is where we belong.  It is home, and whether we realize it or not, I think we are all of us homesick for it.

-Originally published in The Clown in the Belfry and later in Secrets in the Dark

In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

On July 5, 2015 we will celebrate The Sixth Sunday After Pentecost.  Here is this week’s reading from the second book of...

The last thing of all that Jesus said to his disciples that day was, "Blessed are those who havenot seen and yet believe," and I think that among others he meant you and me. We have not seen him with our eyes the way...

To individuals and to nations both, Jesus says the same thing. Turn away from madness, cruelty, shallowness, blindness. Turn toward that tolerance, compassion, sanity, hope, justice that we all have in us at our best. We cannot make the Kingdom of God happen, but we can put out leaves as it draws near. We can be kind to each other. We can be kind to ourselves. We can drive back the darkness a...

Today’s guest quote is by Anne Lamott, from Traveling Mercies:

I have this beautiful feminist friend named Nora who once said, “I’ve been thinking about killing myself, but I want to lose five pounds first.” I was remembering this recently when I started liking a new guy. He liked me back but was just getting out of a relationship with a young woman. Young young—she was ten or...

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