A Slip of the Tongue ~ by C.S. Lewis

An excerpt from C.S. Lewis’ essay ‘A Slip of the Tongue’ from ‘The Weight of Glory’.  This is my endlessly recurrent temptation: to go down to that Sea (I think St. John of the Cross called God a sea) and there neither dive nor swim nor...

Conflicted Desires – An Overview of Rene Girard

IS THE POWER OF JESUS ANY DIFFERENT? In the sermon last week, I spoke abut the work of Rene Girard and the way in which human beings navigate power. In his book ‘I Saw Satan Fall Like Lightning’ he compares the way our world wields power and the way Jesus...

X Marks the Spot

Ok, this ones for the literature nerds, but this insight really helped me read the gospel of Mark. Because we were trained in Sunday school and short sermons, we often read Marks’ stories (and all Bible stories) one at a time. Each story stands alone – or so we...

Letting the Gospel Speak

Preaching is something that lies at the heart of our mission at OCC. Preaching is the proclamation that founds and forms our community – that we are gathered around Jesus. In the body of Christ, it is like the fresh breath of wind that blows through our system,...

Who We Quote Matters

Mark begins the gospel with two quotes; which feels very modern, I think. Quotes are everywhere these days. People put quotations on their social media profiles, on pinterest, on wall hangings, at the beginning of books. I was at a pizza restaurant the other day and...