Zen Lutherans? Old post, old blogger jumps in with new thought(s)

The old pond;
A frog jumps in —
The sound of the water.
— Robert Aiken (Matsuo Bashô: Frog Haiku)

While I’m very new at this business of spiritual journaling, I’ve been wrestling with some of the issues for a long time. So I was intrigued when I read something about day-to-day spirituality in a book by members of the faculty at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, Pa. It reminded me of something I love about Zen Buddhism, and — come to think of it! — Martin Luther, too.

Not so much the Luther who wrote the Ninety-five Theses and theological
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What is ordinary time? And what are hemlandssånger? Why this blog?

Welcome to my new weblog, which I’m tentatively calling Hemlandssånger — a Spiritual Journey in Ordinary Time. Here’s some background, along with a couple of definitions — and a confession …

First of all, the definitions. Ordinary Time is the liturgical season in the common lectionary, used by mainline Protestants and Catholics, that comes between the celebration of Pentecost, in May or June, and the end of the church year in November. It corresponds to the season we call Pentecost in Lutheran churches. On St. Andrew’s Day, around Nov. 30, the Continue reading “What is ordinary time? And what are hemlandssånger? Why this blog?”