Reflections

 

 

Articles

 

Being the Solution in an Age of Crisis and Fear
Lawrence D. Hart

An abridged version of this lecture, given at the Anglican Pacifist Fellowship Conference in Aylesford, England, also appeared as an article in The Anglican Peacemaker, September 2008. It considers how we might ourselves become the solution in an age of universal fear, and the systemic evil of empire.
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Troubled by Simplistic Notions
Lawrence D. Hart
America must seek respect not fear, find answers through values of mercy, love
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The Canaanite Woman: Meeting Jesus as Sage and Lord
Lawrence D. Hart
This article looks at the encounter between Jesus and the Canaanite woman in Matthew 15 and Mark 7 as a spiritual formation event in process, and examines Jesus’ ‘offending’ comment as a wisdom saying. Viewed in this way the Canaanite woman’s encounter is not with a rude healer from Nazareth, but with the sage and savior who throws everything out of balance so that she can discover her true balance. Read more...

 

Essays

 

Navigating the Ever Changing River
Lawrence D. Hart

Discusses how our faith and spirituality, both as individuals and as a church, may be challenged as we make our way through a constantly changing world. Read more...

 

Fundamentalism of Both Kinds in Light of the Via Media
Lawrence D. Hart

This essay, which originally appeared in an edited and more condensed version in The Living Church, asserts that that there is a fundamentalism of both the right and the left, and that the Anglican principle of the via media offers the possibility of avoiding the pitfalls of both, while guiding us into a theology that is both progressive and orthodox. Read more...

 

The Conscience of a Christian Pacifist
Lawrence D. Hart

Presents the case for pacifism as a moral imperative and basic spiritual principle for Christians.
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A Response to Where Have All the Scriptures Gone?
A Short Comment and Prayer After Reading the Colorado Task Force Report

Lawrence D. Hart

 

Treating the Spiritual Wounds of War And Why the Healing Efforts
of the Military Are Inadequate

Lawrence D. Hart

Treating the Spiritual Wounds of War was first published as an essay on my blog. It distinguishes between PTSD and what is now recognized as spiritual or moral injury, and proposes that spiritual and moral wounds can only be healed by spiritual means. Read more...

 

A Grammar of Holy Mystery

The Contemplative Path
Lawrence D. Hart

“The Contemplative Path,” the first in a series of papers to follow, serves as an introduction to mystical prayer and the contemplative life in a way that is both ancient and contemporary. Read more...

 

Experiences of the Poetic Life
Lawrence D. Hart

“Experiences of the Poetic Life” is the second essay in the series A Grammar of Holy Mystery. It explores the experiences we may have on the mystical journey, what it feels like to live the poetic life, and what we may make of those experiences. Read more...

 

Making Work Prayer
Lawrence D. Hart

Making Work Prayer is the third piece in The Mystery of Holy Grammar Series. It focuses on the spirituality of work as the uniting of the necessity of vocation with the joy of avocation in such a way that with Saint Benedict we can say, "My work is my prayer." Read more...

 

 

Sermons

 

Three Dollars Worth
Father Larry

The Pharisees then said to one another, “You see, you can do nothing. Look, the whole world has gone after him.” Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Read more...

Fully Awake Fully Alive
Father Larry

Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb of Lazarus. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.” Read more...

A Murmuring in the Desert
Father Larry

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyards. Read more...

Faith is the Victory
Father Larry

Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and whoever loves the Father loves the child.
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