What can wash away my sin?

What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Refrain:
Oh! precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

For my pardon, this I see,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
For my cleansing this my plea,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Nothing can for sin atone,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
Naught of good that I have done,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
This is all my hope and peace,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
This is all my righteousness,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Why I am not a determinist

It is sometimes asserted that evil is not simply allowed but “ordained and guided” by God for the purposes of a grand narrative; it serves the “story” he is telling in creation. I think I get where people that hold this view are coming from, and I agree that the system (usually connected with Calvinism) has a high degree of explanatory power if you grant all of the inherent assumptions and interpretations of the biblical text.

That said, I find the deterministic view quite unsatisfying from biblical, theological, and pastoral points of view. Unfortunately I think the “God as author” metaphor (often very useful) is usually pushed to the breaking point and beyond. Continue reading Why I am not a determinist

Fr. Thomas Keating has passed away

It’s with great sorrow I found out today that Fr. Thomas Keating has passed away.

His writing taught me to understand how prayer can be about being with God, enjoying his presence, and not only asking God for things. He taught the Bible is meant to be prayed and to expect God to speak through it.

He taught me that one can cultivate an attitude of submission to God’s will, and understand that’s not scary because God’s will is always for my good and for greater communion with him.

For me, this was and is profound stuff in terms of deepening my communion with Christ.

May he rest In peace, and may his memory be eternal.

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