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.

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 ...

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

“Our root problem is neither religious difference nor religious identity nor even strong religious identity. Our root problem is the hostility that we often employ to make and keep our identities strong - whether those identities are political, economic,...

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

Each one of us has a me that we think we should be, which is at odds with the me that God made us to be. Sometimes letting go of that self may be a relief. Sometimes it will feel like death.

Click here to listen to the audio of Buechner's lecture at Bangor Theological Seminary.

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

 “Being at our least grateful, our pissiest and most self-obsessed, may create enough pain that we remember to do the footwork, get out of the house, or reach for the phone, or to get on our knees, or to get the hell outside. We ask for help. We call the horrible mentor, or the sweet­est confidante, or even our meth-...

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

“A Christian should get very nervous when the flag and the Bible start holding hands. This is not a romance we want to encourage.”

The Kingdom of God is where we belong.  It is home, and whether we realize it or not, I think we are all of us homesick for it.

 

-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 Frederick ...

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

“The tensions between our conflicted religions arise not from our differences, but from one thing we all hold in common: an oppositional religious identity that derives strength from hostility.”

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