Entries by Selah Center

A Prayer in Spring

“Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today; And give us not to think so far away As the uncertain harvest; keep us here All simply in the spinning of the year. Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white, Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night; And make us happy in the […]

Praying Stations of the Cross, a Primer for Protestants

As a protestant, I had heard of the Stations of the Cross but didn’t know anything about it until I decided to investigate it this year. The Stations of the Cross or the Way of the Cross, also known as the Way of Sorrows or the Via Crucis, refers to a series of images depicting Jesus Christ on the day of his crucifixion and […]

1 Peter 1:3

Praise be to the God andFather of our Lord Jesus Christ!  In his great mercy he has given us new birthinto a living hope through the resurrection ofJesus Christ from the dead.”   1 Peter  1:3 (NIV)

Combinatory Play

While doing research for my doctoral dissertation awhile back, one nugget I continue to use is the gift of creative genius that by putting two-three ideas together, named by Einstein as “combinatory play,”[1] you create a new idea. Similar to cooking or baking, adding two or more different ingredients than required, you create your own new […]

Would I?

Would I recognize you Jesus if you rode into town on public transit? If you stepped off a bus in filthy blue jeans and a tattered coat carrying a bedroll and backpack, would I see your holiness? Would I see you tenderly, quietly lay your hand on the man sleeping in a doorway? Would I […]

Jumping Into Lent

Full disclosure, I don’t really get Lent. Perhaps it comes from being raised in the Church of Christ where there were no holy days other than the Lord’s Day. The communion song, “This we do each Lord’s day, as Christ has said…” reverberates in my brain as I write. We didn’t follow the church calendar, celebrating […]

On Wilderness: Testing or Temptation?

Sharing a reflection from Selah’s friend and former board treasurer, Lisa Veitenhans: Eugene Peterson wrote, “… we see Jesus as the way we come to God. Jesus is also the way God comes to us.” He also threw out a couple more zingers in this particular sermon (see below), comparing being in the wilderness for […]

Frank D. Getty

The message of Easter cannot be written past tense. It is a message for today and the days to come. It is God’s message which must re-echo through your lives.   Frank D. Getty

Thoughts in Silence

MY LORD GOD, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing […]

Keeping a Holy Lent

Create in me a beautiful heart, O God, and put a new and faithful spirit within me   Joel 2:12-14 12 But there’s also this, it’s not too late— God’s personal Message!— “Come back to me and really mean it! Come fasting and weeping, sorry for your sins!” 13-14 Change your life, not just your clothes. Come […]

The Lenten Desert

Led by the Spirit of God, you will be united intimately with a global multitude of Lenten Pilgrims. As your Lenten prayers and works will influence their Easter pilgrimage, so, likewise, their prayers and deeds will influence yours, as together we are reformed and renewed during these Desert Days of Lent. A Blessed and Grace-filled […]