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.

Today’s guest quote is by Rob Bell, from Jesus Wants to Save Christians:

They understood the danger of returning and rebuilding Jerusalem just as it was before, a political nation-state with armies and palaces and slaves and a temple just like the previous regime. That wouldn't be a "new thing."

That's always the danger, isn't it?

That we'll be broken, our empires...

Because the word that God speaks to us is always an incarnate word - a word spelled out to us not alphabetically, in syllables, but enigmatically, in events, even in the books we read and the movies we see - the chances are we will never get it just right. We are so used to hearing what we want to hear and remaining deaf to what it would be well for us to hear that it is hard to break the...

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 ...

Today’s guest quote is by Brian D. McLaren, from Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?:

“This creation, then, is a garden of harmony, not a war zone of hostility. It comes equipped, not with oppositional religions that divide, but rather with a naked spirituality that includes and unifies all things in one fabric of creation.”

Today’s guest quote is by John Ortberg, from The Me I Want to Be:

The Holy Spirit is always ready to guide you toward God's best version of yourself. Of course, many times I don't want to be guided! I want to blow up at someone, or be greedy, or lie to get out of trouble. I want to quench the Spirit. The more my habits are formed around resentment or anxiety or greed or...

Whether your faith is that there is a God or that there is not a God, if you don’t have any doubts you are either kidding yourself or asleep.

 

-Originally published in Beyond Words

Today’s guest quote is by Anne Lamott, from Help Thanks Wow:

“When we are stunned to the place beyond words, we're finally starting to get somewhere. It is so much more comfortable to think that we know what it all means, what to expect and how it all hangs together. When we are stunned to the place beyond words, when an aspect of life takes us away from being able to chip away...

Today’s guest quote is by Rob Bell, from Jesus Wants to Save Christians:

Because it's when we're fully present in our pain,

when we're willing to sit in our tears,

that we're ready to imagine a different kind of tomorrow.

Take away the comforts of the kingdom, deprive people of the structures and institutions of empire, and they just might find the spine to...

Lord, I believe; help my unbelief.

 

-Originally published in The Magnificent Defeat

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 ...

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