He Holds Us

Christ the Redeemer, Rio De Janiero, Brazil

Photo: Sean Vivek Crasto

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things were created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things he himself might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile all things for him, making peace by the blood of his cross (through him), whether those on earth or those in heaven. —1 Colossians 1:15-19 (NAB)

I have never struggled with the supposed contradiction between the Scriptural account of Creation presented in Genesis 1 and the overwhelming evidence for evolution. Perhaps it’s because, like St. Augustine, I always saw the Genesis story as allegorical. And perhaps it’s because, like St. Francis, I picture God continuously willing the whole universe into being as an act of infinite, divine love.

He isn’t Newton’s Absent Watchmaker, who built the machine, pressed start, and walked away. Neither is he Calvin’s Divine Puppeteer who wrote the script and pulls all the strings. He loves us, and everything else, into existence, and he sustains us, and everything else, by a constant, intentional, and ongoing act of love.

He who is Trinity in Unity and Unity in Trinity holds us. He who became like us so that we may become like him died for us. He who made us and all things reconciles us and all things in him.

The visible Son who is the Image of the invisible Father holds us through the power of the Spirit.

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. One God who is Love.



Bloggerhood Etc. 6/16/14


Photo: Robert Rummel-Hudson

Hope all the dads out there had a great Father’s Day! Now on to the best of the week.

Best Special Needs Post.Flygirl” by Robert Rummel-Hudson at Support for Special Needs.

Most Disturbing.4.5 Degrees” by xkcd.

Best List.9 Brilliant Contemporary Composers Who Prove Classical Music Isn’t Dead” by Lisa Bernier at Policy Mic.

Best Question.Writing: How Do You Do It?” by Chuck Wendig at Terrible Minds.

Most Provocative.If Gay Christians Go To Hell, So Are The Ones Who Don’t Recycle” by Benjamin L. Corey at Formerly Fundie.

Best Parenting Post. 10 Bad Habits Parents Need to Break Like Yesterday” by Dynamom at Scary Mommy.

Most Profound.The Way of the Gun” by Nish Weiseth at A Deeper Story.

Best Advice.Why Reading to Your Daughter is the Most Masculine Thing in the World” by Tom Burns at Reading Rainbow Blog.

Most Ridiculous Controversy.Breast-feeding mom’s college graduation photo stirs controversy” by Lisa Flam at Today Parents.

Best Commentary.Eric Cantor’s Loss: A Pro-Life Democrat’s Take” by Steve Schneck at The Whole Life Democrat.

Best Father’s Day Post.If I Could Do It Over” by Jim Higley at the Chicago Tribune.

Best Trinity Sunday Post.Wheeee! Some Thoughts on the Trinity” by Fran Rossi Szpylczyn at There Will Be Bread.

Most Present to the Moment.Noticing” by Cara Strickland at Little Did She Know.

Best Sendoff.Don Cherry techno compilation of the 2014 NHL playoffs” via YouTube.

See more of Don’s musical stylings here.

Bloggerhood Etc. 6/3/13

Sleeping baby with poop machine shirt

Photo: xojane.com

My seven favorite posts from my last week in the blogosphere starting with . . .

The Most Obvious (at Least for Parents). Babies are Disgusting: Parenting Firsts No One Tells You About by Somer Sherwood on XOJane. There’s a reason why God makes babies so cute that we fall in love with them immediately. It’s so we will put up with the stuff in this article and not try to return them to the hospital.

While on the subject of parenting . . .

Best Evidence I’ve Made a Good Life Decision. Watch the Men of Fox News Freak Out Over Female Breadwinners by Amanda Marcotte on Slate. If FOX News hates something this much, I know I must be doing the right thing.

And more parenting . . .

Best Summer Tips. Establishing Rules for Summer by Leslie Lindsay on Live, Write, Love: The Art and Craft of Writing. Set expectations now, or it will be a long three months.

And a little summer school for adults . . .

Best Free Class. Summer of Design on LifeHacker.

Summer of Design is a free 12-week design course, delivered to your inbox. Taught by friend of Lifehacker and author of Design for Hackers, David Kadavy, the course takes a “reverse engineering” approach to understanding how design works.

Today is the last day to enroll. So if you’re interested, sign up now.

On to three excellent posts on faith . . .

Best Meditation on the Trinity. I don’t write for an audience of One by Rachel Held Evans.

How easy it is to forget that we are the result of the collaborative work of a relational Being who in the beginning said, “Let Us make mankind in our image, in our likeness,” and who looked upon that creation and called it good.

Even God did not create for an audience of One.

Rachel didn’t write this for Trinity Sunday, but she could have.

Most Likely to Give Fundamentalists an Aneurism. The Bible Isn’t Perfect and It Says So Itself by Zack Hunt on American Jesus. He quotes St. Paul and Genesis and makes a pretty good point on the limits of inspiration when dealing with fallible humans. Cue exploding heads in 5, 4, 3 . . .

Most Hopeful. Of Stone Statues and Hope by Natalie Trust. A Catholic convert overcomes old biases and draws closer to the Mary. A beautiful tribute posted on the eve of the Visitation and a great way to end the month dedicated to her.

That’s seven.  But why stop there? How about two more just for fun . . .

Most Likely to Make Me Hungry. Portland Patties: 10 Spots to Get Your Burger Fix by Katie Kavulla on Red Tricycle.  Ten great options for a burger fix in PDX. Keeping them in mind for my next trip.

And . . .

Best Video Blog. Introducing: Johnny T from Glove and Boots.

Blog! Boom! Done!