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:

It's as if God is saying, "The thing that has happened to you—go make it happen for others. The freedom from oppression that you are now experiencing—help others experience that same freedom. The grace that has been extended to you when you were at your lowest—extend it to others. In the same way that I...

Is the point of Jesus's stories that they point to the truth about you and me and our stories?  We are the ones who have been mugged, and we are also the ones who pass by pretending we don't notice. Hard as it is to believe, maybe every once in a while we are even the ones who pay an arm and a leg to help.  The truth of the story is not a motto suitable for framing.  It is a truth that one way...

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?:

“If no strong-and-benevolent religious identity replaces our strong-and-hostile Christian identity, the majority of us would in all likelihood be left with consumerism as our dominant cultural ethos.”

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

The truth is, a life of freedom and joy is available right now. My main job is to remain connected to God. When my primary focus is being present with him, everything else has a way of falling into place. When my primary focus becomes anything else, my inner vitality suffers, and I become a lesser version of...

Either life is holy with meaning, or life doesn't mean a damn thing. You pay your money and you take your choice. Only never take your choice too easily, of course. Never assume that because you have taken it one way today, you may not take it another way tomorrow.

One choice is this. It is to choose to believe that the truth of our story is contained in Jesus's story, which is a love...

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

 “Saying and meaning "Thanks" leads to a crazy thought: What more can I give? We take the action first, by giving—and then the insight follows, that this fills us. Sin is not the adult bookstore on the corner. It is the hard heart, the lack of generosity, and all the isms, racism and sexism and so forth. But is there...

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

“Many people are familiar with the Ten Commandments, which are often portrayed as strict rules given by a fire-breathing God to keep people in line. But when they're seen in their original context, the commandments take on all sorts of new meanings.

Remember, these people have been living, up until...

Life is extraordinary, and the extraordinariness of it is what Jesus calls the Kingdom of God. The extraordinariness of it is that in the Kingdom of God we all belong to each other the way families do. We are all of us brothers and sisters in it. We are all of us mothers and fathers and children of each other in it because that is what we are called together as the church to be. That is what...

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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