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.

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?:

“What we call the secular is actually the realm or domain of the Spirit. The secular - literally meaning the world, the realm outside of church control - isn’t profane. Rather, properly understood, it is sacred because the Spirit is and has always been active there,...

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

As a general rule, the harder you work to control things, the more you lose control. The harder you try to hit a fast serve in tennis, the more your muscles tense up. The harder you try to impress someone on a date or while making a sale, the more you force the conversation and come across as pushy. The harder...

Your life and my life flow into each other as wave flows into wave, and unless there is peace and joy and freedom for you, there can be no real peace or joy or freedom for me. To see reality–not as we expect it to be but as it is–is to see that unless we live for each other and in and through each other, we do not really live very satisfactorily; that there can really be life only where there...

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

“Things get a little better when we ask for help. People help us. Most astonishing of all, people forgive us, and we eventually forgive them. Talk about miracles. The kids turn out to be okay after all. The widow finally gets back on her feet. If you're like me, you ask your higher power for help, and then cause...

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

And on a road

leaving Jerusalem,

we have an African

asking questions about Jesus,

hearing the significance of Isaiah's words explained

in a language he can understand.

It makes so much sense to the eunuch that as he and Philip pass a body of water, the eunuch asks...

To be commanded to love God at all, let alone in the wilderness, is like being commanded to be well when we are sick, to sing for joy when we are dying of thirst, to run when our legs are broken. Even in the wilderness - especially in the wilderness - you shall love him.  

-Originally published in A Room Called Remember

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?:

“Pentecostalism in its first dynamic century has helped us see (among other things) what the Spirit can do at the end of long church services with lots of loud singing and louder preaching. In the next century we must discover what the Spirit of God can do outside...

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

The only way to glory is through humility. The only way to freedom is through submission. The only way to victory is through surrender.

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