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 Brian McLaren, from A New Kind of Christianity:

If Genesis sets the stage for the biblical narrative, this much is un­mistakably clear: God's unfolding drama is not a narrative shaped by the six lines in the Greco-Roman scheme of perfection, fall, condemnation, salvation, and heavenly perfection or eternal perdition. It has a different story line...

There are people who say we should read the Bible as literature. The advice has a pleasantly modern and reasonable ring to it. We are all attracted. Read the Bible for the story it tells. Read the King James Version especially for the power of its prose and the splendor of its poetry. Read it for the history it contains...

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

Our thought patterns become as habitual as brushing our teeth. After a while we don't even think about them. We get so used to bitter thoughts or anxious thoughts or selfish thoughts that we don't even notice what we are thinking about.

One of the great barriers to a flourishing mind is sometimes called...

Click here to see the interview clip where Buechner describes his reactions to the letters he receives.

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

Looking back on the God my friend believed in, he seems a little erratic, not entirely unlike her father—God as borderline personality. It was like believing in the guy who ran the dime store, someone with a kind face but who was always running behind and had already heard every one of your lame excuses a dozen...

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

Imagine the average youth group in the average church on the average Sunday. Imagine visiting this youth group and having the pastor say to you, "I just can't get my kids interested in Jesus. Do you have any suggestions?"

 

How do you respond?

 

To begin with, the church has a...

Who can know fully what Christ means when he says that we will see him in his glory? But because we have already seen him in the glory of our long delayed but dearest hope, I believe that the faith is by no means blind that sees his word as not just a poem, and only a poem, but as high and unimaginable truth.

 

-Originally published 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...

Today’s guest quote is by Brian McLaren, from A New Kind of Christianity:

As I allowed Genesis, Exodus, and Isaiah—rather than Plato, Aristotle, and Caesar—to set the stage for the biblical narrative, what emerged dazzled me: a beautiful, powerful, gritty story that resonates with, gives meaning to, and continues to unfold in the life and teaching of Jesus And this story...

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

Some stylists I know once started what they called a "hairdressers ministry." At first it sounded odd to me. The only hairstylist I could think of in the Bible was Delilah, and that didn't turn out so well. But serving people by cutting their hair is a good thing, and people will sometimes tell things to the...

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