We believe passionately that God has given us a mission: to draw others to know and experience in their lives the love of God in Christ. Sharing this “Good News” is at the center of our call and our life. In our chapels and retreat houses, and our online teachings, we hope to offer a still point in the midst of the chaos of contemporary life. We hope that as you explore these pages, you’ll find “Good News” that will help you live authentically, responsive to God’s call of love.

Weeds Among the Wheat – Br. David Vryhof

Jul 19, 2020

“This story isn’t really about agriculture; it’s about theology.  Jesus’ stories aren’t lifted from some journal of farming; they’re told to illustrate truths that are essential to understanding what the kingdom of God is all about.”

Br. David Vryhof digs into Jesus’ parable about the weeds among the wheat for insight into how we are called to live in community, even with our more nettlesome neighbors.

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The Lord of History – Br. Sean Glenn

Jul 18, 2020

“To confess Jesus Christ as Lord carries within it the spark of a radical and mysterious reordering of the world deeply at odds with powers of coercion and violence. To confess Jesus Christ as Lord is to reject the lordship of the Emperor and his violent trappings. To confess Jesus Christ as Lord is to seek out God’s scandalous refashioning of the whole creation from the bottom up.”

Br. Sean Glenn interprets Paul’s teaching on authority and urges us to follow the true Lord of History.

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God Gives His Beloved Rest – Br. James Koester

Jul 17, 2020

“Our sabbath days are not simply an opportunity to catch up on sleep, they are an opportunity to discover again, how much God loves us, and in that way, by resting, share in God’s divine nature, and participate in God’s divine life.”

Br. James Koester invites us to explore, for ourselves and in God, the self-revelation of rest.

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Celibate Mysteries – Br. Keith Nelson

Jul 15, 2020

“Celibate life can prompt some big, existential questions about the nature of human intimacy with God. When I look at the ring on my finger and imagine a similar ring on the (invisible) hand of Christ, I wonder: What does it mean to be invited to share an intimate relationship – the most intimate relationship – with someone who is so utterly mysterious?”

Br. Keith Nelson considers how celibacy can bear fresh witness to the infinite mystery at the heart of God (and the mystery in our own human heart as well).

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The Cypress and the Myrtle

Jul 12, 2020

“As Christians we long, not simply for things to change. We long, not simply for things to get better. We long for the promises of God to be fulfilled. And what promises they are!”

While life may feel cursed at this moment, Br. James Koester invites us to look, to keep watching, to turn our heads toward the promises of God.

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Defeating Enemies – Br. Nicholas Bartoli

Jul 11, 2020

“For Jesus, defeating your enemy had nothing to do with swords or armor. No, the only true way to defeat an enemy, even if the enemy is just an idea or way of thinking, is to accept the enemy, in love and compassion, until we stop seeing an enemy at all.”

Br. Nicholas Bartoli marvels at what it takes to love our enemy.

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Evangelism, not Wrath – Br. Sean Glenn

Jul 9, 2020

“Scenes of evangelism may be a challenge for us all right now. We are not presently going, there are no homes into which we might safely venture, no opportunities for face-to-face discussion, study, or prayer. Yet we still hear Jesus’s call, even in the midst of a crisis that would see us shrink back and retreat from the world to which we have been called to bring God’s love. Go.”

Br. Sean Glenn explores the invitations and challenges of ministry in the digital, pandemic moment.

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Reap Love – Br. Luke Ditewig

Jul 8, 2020

“How are you relating to neighbors and strangers? How might you be hording, seeking only your own security? How are you reaching out to share, connect, promote dignity, and seek justice? What is figuratively or literally growing in your garden?”

Reflecting on a garden venture at Emery House, Br. Luke Ditewig encourages us to sow righteousness and reap love.

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Pray for your deliverance – Br. Todd Blackham

Jul 7, 2020

“In this protracted period of pandemic, in the boiling pot of racial tension, in culture wars and divided families…I want to say, Here I am, Lord send me! But I’m beset, my voice just won’t respond. I’m left like a fish out of water gasping for oxygen. Powerless, helpless.”

Facing into our current powerlessness, Br. Todd Blackham invite us to enter the province of prayer, rather than action, by praying for God’s deliverance.

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The Vindication of Wisdom – Br. Keith Nelson

Jul 5, 2020

“How can I learn to be still? How can I make peace with a solitude I did not choose? How can I help my neighbor? How can I overcome the racism etched on my bones by my ancestors? How should we live? What does God desire? How is God involved? How can I love a God who is so mysterious?”

What is the Church called to become? Br. Keith Nelson encourages all of us beset with questions to embrace the inner work of Wisdom at this time of great uncertainty and challenge – maybe even renewal.

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