Everyone's Waiting

by Rev. Eric Elnes, Ph.D. In his Letter to the Romans, the apostle Paul advised his readers, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds” (Rom 12:2).   Recently I was listening to a song called...

Prayer, Singing

Are you staying after the 11 a.m. service to listen to Julia Olynyk and the band jazz up our final hymn? If you are, you know what a crucial part of the service Julia and the band are. But last week Julia (albeit inadvertently) gave us the gift of her beautiful...

Of breathing and blessing.

by Eric Elnes I have always been intrigued by how frequently misunderstood Paul’s statement is that “all things work together for good for those who love God who are called according to God’s purpose.” Of course, it seems naive to suggest that...

Too Deep for Words

by Eric Elnes Do you have a hard time praying to God for longer than a few moments?   Do you wonder what to say, or how to listen?  You may be comforted to know that even great spiritual leaders like the apostle Paul and Thomas Merton found prayer difficult.   Unlike...

Of Breath and Spirit

by Eric Elnes Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living soul. (Gen. 2:7) When is the last time you noticed that you are breathing?  It seems strange that something we do...

We All Breathe

One of the things that interests me about the breath exercises we did in church Sunday is how all great wisdom traditions frequently end up at the same place. Thomas Merton died while on a tour of Asia where he met with Buddhist monks. Thomas Keating revived a...

Epic Prayer Fail

Eric said on Sunday that he’s been praying daily for over thirty years. I’ve been to a number of prayer and meditation retreats, and have been praying daily for, like, two years. I wanted to share an experience I had recently that I think will illustrate...

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