Big ain’t beautiful

Richard Beck, in Experimental Theology, quotes William James: “I am against bigness and greatness in all their forms, and with the invisible molecular moral forces that work from individual to individual, stealing in through the crannies of the world like so many soft rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of water, and yet rending the […]

A Thrill of Hope: Carols of Resistance

Richard Beck refers to the two carols, It came upon the midnight clear  and O Holy Night as “resistance literature”. The subversive words tend to get buried under the sentimentality that is so often Christmas, but they spell out the redemptive good news of the Christmas gospel. Both were written in the late 1840’s. It came upon the midnight […]

Ero Cras

The Antiphons are one of the cool features of Advent prayer as Christians look forward to the coming of the Kingdom of God. There are seven Antiphons. They all begin with “O”, which is then followed by a title or attribute of Christ. There is one antiphon for each day of the week from December […]

Turning stones

How far skims the stone on the water? big bounces, many bounces, final skip each stone weighed with outstretched arm for howls of laughter for cries of pain. How deep gashes the body with violent pelt? Turning stones on the one hand to the other (weaker) turns random stones from arsenal to cairn no stone unturned Richard Beck posts […]