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.

Little girl. Old girl. Old boy. Old boys and girls with high blood pressure and arthritis, and young boys and girls with tattoos and body piercing. You who believe, and you who sometimes believe and sometimes don't believe much of anything, and you who would give almost anything to believe if only you could. You happy ones and you who can hardly remember what it was like once to be happy.  You...

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

A couple of days later my enemy's boy came to play at our house, and then she came to pick him up just before dinner. And for the first time, while he gathered his things, she sat down on the couch, as if she had done this before, as if it were the most natural thing. I felt around inside my heart, and it was not so...

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

 

The Hebrews often used the words "life" and "death" in a different sense than we do.  We're used to people speaking of life and death as fixed states or destinations, as in you're either alive or you're dead.  What we find in the scriptures is a more nuanced understanding that sees life and death as two ways of being...

I wish the church could be as open-hearted and open-minded and free as it was on that little patch of front lawn as the sun came out from behind the clouds. I wish that we could affirm as truly as we did there that wherever people love each other and are true to each other and take risks for each other, God is with them and for them and they are doing God's will.

 

-Originally...

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 May 31, 2015 we will celebrate Trinity Sunday.  Here is this week’s reading from the gospel of John:

John 3:1-17...

Where did my homeward search take me? …  It took me and continues to take me every now and then to people in the thick of one kind of trouble or another who, because they know of my ordination, seek me out for whatever they think I may have in the way of comfort or healing, and I, who in the old days would have shrunk with fear from any such charged encounter, try to find something wise and...

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

Then a few days later I was picking Sam up at the house of another friend and noticed a yellowed clipping taped to the refrigerator with "FORGIVENESS" written at the top—as though God had decided to abandon all efforts at subtlety and just plain noodge. The clipping said forgive­ness meant that God is for giving,...

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

So how do I answer questions about heaven?

How would I summarize all that Jesus teaches?

There's heaven now, somewhere else.

There's heaven here, sometime else.

And then there's Jesus's invitation to heaven

here

and

now,

in this moment,

in this place.

 ...

Click here to see the video of Frederick Buechner reading from his novels, Brendan and Godric.

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 May 24, 2015 we will celebrate the Day of Pentecost.  Here is this week’s reading from the book of Acts:

Acts 2:1-21...

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