Faith seeking understanding #033: On approaching the blank page with fear and trembling

Faith seeking understanding, my personal journey towards a deeper knowledge of and intimacy with God, the cosmos, humanity and myself through thoughts, words and (occasionally) images, is a series of [hopefully] daily reflections I’m writing with the purpose of publishing something on a regular basis for others to read, either here, at joncarllewis.com or among my writings at Medium.com.

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Now comes the scary part: facing the blank page. I wonder to myself why it should be so, that after over a month of showing up, being true, cranking out the words… that approaching the blank page fills me with so much fear and not a little dread. Is it true what Steven Pressfield asserts in The War of Art? That resistance never gives up? Given my experience of the past few weeks, I can safely say that—at least for me—the fear of the blank page doesn’t go away.

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Faith seeking understanding #033: On approaching the blank page with fear and trembling

Faith seeking understanding #030: Wrestling with the Bible

Faith seeking understanding, my personal journey towards a deeper knowledge of and intimacy with God, the cosmos, humanity and myself through thoughts, words and (occasionally) images, is a series of [hopefully] daily reflections I’m writing with the purpose of publishing something on a regular basis for others to read, either here, at joncarllewis.com or among my writings at Medium.com.

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Every so often, I get the urge to read the Bible straight through from beginning to end, Genesis through Revelations, just as I used to do as a boy every night before bed. But I usually stop myself, especially after looking at various schemes for reading the whole Bible in a year, say, or in a shorter time period than that. I used to read the Bible as one would read a novel: one compelling, coherent, unbroken narrative beginning with the Creation and ending with the taking up into heaven of those who believe in Jesus’ name. I read the Bible as I was taught, that it was the story of Jesus Christ from beginning to end and was pretty much dictated to a long series of holy scribes by the Holy Spirit. Even in what I used to call the “Old Testament,” the story was designed to provide proof of an all-powerful, unchanging Father God, and induce in the hearts of all who read the story a conviction that they needed to accept Christ as their personal Savior or, literally, go to Hell. And then I went to seminary.

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Faith seeking understanding #026: Seeking a contemplative, countercultural new year

Faith seeking understanding, my personal journey towards a deeper knowledge of and intimacy with God, the cosmos, humanity and myself through thoughts, words and (occasionally) images, is a series of [hopefully] daily reflections I’m writing with the purpose of publishing something on a regular basis for others to read, either here, at joncarllewis.com or among my writings at Medium.com.

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Happy New Year! I sincerely hope that your new year is off to a good start, that you are in a good place mentally at least and have some hope for the coming year.

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Faith seeking understanding #023: Tradition or the Spirit as our source of truth?

Faith seeking understanding, my personal journey towards a deeper knowledge of and intimacy with God, the cosmos, humanity and myself through thoughts, words and (occasionally) images, is a series of [hopefully] daily reflections I’m writing with the purpose of publishing something on a regular basis for others to read, either here, at joncarllewis.com or among my writings at Medium.com.

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Tonight, the gospel from the daily office came from John 7:37-52, in which Jesus causes a stir by prophesying that streams of living water will pour forth from the hearts of believers. This truth resonated with many in the crowd, some identifying him as “the prophet” and some identifying him as the Messiah. Others, however, disputed whether he could be either a prophet or the Messiah, maintaining that the Messiah was supposed to come from Bethlehem, not Galilee (As they supposed was Jesus’ origin). Of course, the Pharisees got involved with the debate, calling the people cursed because they believed in Jesus’ significance as either a prophet or Messiah. They maintained that if the people knew the law, they would know that no prophet could come from Galilee. (I’m not sure, exactly, where in the Torah or elsewhere this was written, but the Pharisees were quite certain this was true.)

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Faith seeking understanding #023: Tradition or the Spirit as our source of truth?