One of my closest friends practices fasting better than anyone I’ve ever met. Nearly every year during Lent, he fasts from food for six days in a row, eats on the Sabbath, and begins again the following day. I recently asked him to write about this pr…
One of my closest friends practices fasting better than anyone I’ve ever met. Nearly every year during Lent, he fasts from food for six days in a row, eats on the Sabbath, and begins again the following day. I recently asked him to write about this pra…
Yesterday I re-shared this piece I wrote for Seedbed a couple of years ago. I haven’t written like I want to in some time, and there is a danger in writing something that pleases you too easily, but this was one darling I didn’t want to kill1. I didn’t…
At the heart of the Methodist movement in its earliest stages were two communal experiences: the class meeting and the band meeting. The class meeting was the entry point into the Methodist societies. Men and women would come together and answer the qu…
Hastily written? Yes. But if I don’t write something down I might forget what I’m feeling and I don’t want to do that.
There are two problems facing me at the moment. The first is that I really need to be doing the edits and revisions on my dissertation project instead of writing this. The second, how do I write this without making it all about me? As to the first, this project has a lot of roots in what I learned and experienced from Dr. Kinlaw. He’s all over the pages I’ve written so this is my 10 minute break. Second, well, as he taught me through Buber’s I and Thou there’s really nothing I can say about him apart from our relationship.
One of the most powerful lessons I’ve ever learned is that the essence of sin is self-interest. I face that self-interest all the time. Every second of my waking hours. Opposing that reality, however, is an even more powerful lesson: God can cleanse the human heart of self-interest.
Both of these lessons I learned from Dr. Dennis Kinlaw who died this morning at 94 years of age.
I write to process and I usually post rough drafts, so I imagine this will be the first in a series of processes I’ll work through this week as we approach Easter. Dr. Kinlaw’s death will add a layer of significance to my
personal preparation for the celebration of the death-defeating event of the resurrection.
My heart hurts over the loss of a genuinely wonderful person who brought much joy and love into my life. But that hurt is massively curbed by the stunning reality that he is in the presence of Jesus, whom he has known intimately since 1935. Mary Fisher, a former student and professor at Asbury Seminary, wrote on her Facebook page, “There are so many things I could say but no-one made me as hungry to know Jesus.” She writes what many of us experienced.
I’m going to try and leaf through, as best I can, some of the notes and journal entries about Dr. Kinlaw during this week and post some more tributes to him. Please pray for his dear sweet family.
Our friend Dennis,
the via salutis now complete,
sees his best friend Jesus
face to face
Some of you may or may not know who Dr. Kinlaw is. I have attached some links below if you want to find out more. I hope your life will be as affected by his as mine was.
Note: I have to start posting something here, otherwise I have no good reason to keep paying for it. So, I’m going to follow in the footsteps of my Twitter friends @johnthelutheran and @mackramer and start blogging through stuff I’m reading – partly to embarrass myself if I don’t finish what I start.
Started reading Silence, by Shūsaku Endō. I saw the trailer for the film directed by Martin Scorsese and found out about the book on Twitter.
I’m a little late in posting this, but Seedbed graciously posted something I wrote for Ash Wednesday and Lent a couple of weeks ago. I’m a huge supporter of all things Seedbed, so check out some of their resources while you’re there.
Sometimes we celebrate something on a yearly basis, but never really know why or what the significance of the event actually is. Matthew Johnson discusses what Lent means, and why it is important to come face-to-face with our own mortality.
During World War II, British Methodist W.E. Sangster wrote his PhD thesis on Christian perfection while also serving as the pastor of Central Hall, Westminster. During the Nazi bombing raids, he and others g…
I entered a bit of a sidetrack while reading for my DMin project on Christian perfection. For the last couple of days I have chased down some readings on what Jonathan Edwards) calls “Religious Affections”. Part of the reason for doing so is because I …