In The Place Just Right
Awakening to a
Condition of Complete Simplicity
“I am done with great things and big things, great institutions and big success,” wrote William James, the great American philosopher, “and I am for those tiny, invisible molecular moral forces that work from individual to individual, creeping through the crannies of the world like so many rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of water, yet which if you give them time, will rend the hardest monuments of human pride.”
The purpose of this journey, is therefore about things that are seemingly small and insignificant. It offers no esoteric theological theories or philosophical concepts by which to dazzle intellectual friends. Neither does it propose any strategy for attaining power or success. As the world calculates such matters; rather it is based on the insight that, “It is a gift to be simple, it is a gift to be free. To turn, turn, turn until we are in the place just right.”
An Offer of Friendship & Encouragement
The purpose of this journey, is an offer of friendship and helpful encouragement to anyone on Christian pilgrimage. Not only, but also to anyone considering such a pilgrimage. You’ll find that through the postings, videos, and podcasts, observations and reflections on matters having to do with Christian thought and practice will be provided. You will find entries dealing with everyday life and everyday spirituality. That is what Christianity is, a way of life.
This is a place to think about how philosophical, theological, political and contemporary social ideas and events affect your spiritual life. Plus the well being of both the faith and secular communities. Questions arising from the “scholarly” reading of Scripture are explored. Although there are undoubtedly many failures. Every attempt is made to do this with spiritual depth, intellectual integrity, and simplicity. Indeed, these three are one.
Point of Departure
For those wondering where the point of departure may be, that is what presumptions may underlie the purpose of this journey. One simple and unequivocal answer is.”To be fully alive is to know God and the Christ whom God sent lovingly, devoutly, and intimately” Obviously, much more could be said, but this should be sufficient for now. In the end, words always fail us for God is, as Saint Anselm observed, “that than which no greater can be conceived.” God is always more than what we can say, think, or imagine. The God of Judeo-Christian Scripture, Yahweh, is a mystery shrouded in dark dazzling cloud. Yahweh is personal presence that may be known through love but never fully grasped by human intellect. The trajectory of my whole life has been toward this conclusion: To desire God is the greatest passion, to seek God is the greatest adventure, to find God is the greatest discovery.