“We are all St. Peter walking on the water.”

July 25, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-07-25 at 1.20.38 PMReflections on of the book, How Do I Find God? by Greg Funderburk

We are reading, How Do I Find God? together as a congregation this summer. I’ve found the words within this volume help me find new doors to glimpsing a passing God. Some of the words give us a more lasting glimpse.

About three quarters through the book on page 145, Reverend John McNamee quotes philosopher, Gabriel Marcel, to say that the believer and unbeliever can communicate with each other only when the believer reveals the strains of unbelief within himself. Marcel points to Peter believing as he walks along the waves, then unbelieving, he sinks below…in a sense, faith and a lack of faith existing together in the same person at the same time.

Mcnamee picks up on this, explaining how the will nudges the intellect where the mind cannot go for want of clarity or evidence. That nudge, McNamee, says, is Grace.

How do we find God, it is asked…Reverend McNamee explains that upon entering this mystery of grace, it’s simply a matter of paying attention.


Vocatus atque non vocatus, Deus aderit. – Reflections by Greg Funderburk

July 6, 2014

“You will eventually find God whether you want to or not.”

Our congregational book for the summer, How Can I Find God, keeps offering compelling thoughts about God and us. As you go this summer, wherever life takes you, stay close to your church family and to your Heavenly Father by reading along. About half way through the book, author Frederick Buechner offers the quote referenced above, taken, from all places, the stone lintel of the Swiss home of famous turn of the century psychiatrist C.G. Jung, who was a contemporary of Sigmund Freud. Buechner offers us this interesting quote, then writes, If you want to (even if you don’t happen to believe God exists) all you have to do is find some quiet place, be quiet inside yourself, and ask God to let you find Him (or Him you). As far as I know, it is a prayer that is always answered.