Journal

Author: Scott Buresh

All Creation Looking and Longing for God

All Creation Looking and Longing for God

“Praise the Lord!  Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise Him in the heights!  Praise Him, all His angels, praise Him all His hosts! Praise Him, sun and moon; praise Him, all you shining stars!  Praise Him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens. Let...
Transforming Love and Lent

Transforming Love and Lent

Lent is a sweet anticipated season for me.  Each year, I remember the image of coming home to the warm embrace of the Prodigal Father, eagerly awaiting my return. Dallas Willard describes repentance, central to the season of Lent, as a time to reconsider a strategy...
Advent : The Beauty of Holy Anticipation

Advent : The Beauty of Holy Anticipation

As I look out my window at the multi-colored display of foliage, I find myself thanking God again for the gift of seasons, each with its own distinctive mood and beauty. Each leaf is a declaration of the mind and heart of God who envisioned creating a world full of...
Experiencing the Reality of the Kingdom of God

Experiencing the Reality of the Kingdom of God

I am eternally grateful to Dallas Willard for gently and patiently opening my eyes to the reality of the kingdom of God in and around me right here, right now.  Like many Christians I had come to experience relating to God as someone who loved me dearly, dearly enough...
The Gift of Lent Leading Us to Easter

The Gift of Lent Leading Us to Easter

What a sweet and tender Lenten season for many of us here in Baltimore who have been journeying together with George Hopkins and the Repentance Project. We have encountered great darkness and brokenness in our past with tentacles that reach into the present. We opened...
Coracle Offers Spiritual Direction in Asia

Coracle Offers Spiritual Direction in Asia

Recently I returned with Heather Strube from Southeast Asia having done a strange mission trip with Coracle: offering spiritual direction and formation in a far off land with those bringing Jesus in even farther off lands!  That doesn’t happen without some context....

The Tangible Love of Christ in Lent

Fifteen years ago my wife Peggy and I had the incredible opportunity of spending two weeks with Dallas Willard and a community of brothers and sisters at the Mater Dolorosa Passionist Retreat Center in Sierra Madre, California.  As that week progressed we were given...

Coming Home to the One That Loves Us

This coming Wednesday, March 1, marks the beginning of the Lenten season this year. I used to think of Lent primarily as a somber time of suffering, self-denial, repentance. In other words a time for me to feel great sorrow which for me also meant guilt and shame over...

The Gift of Contemplation

On my journey with Christ I have considered myself many things:  a redeemed, rescued, forgiven, beloved child of God; Jesus’s friend; Jesus’s co-laborer in the world; God’s handiwork created in His image.  But rarely have I identified with being a “contemplative,” one...

The Power of Images:  The Celtic Cross

The Cambridge School is a Classical Christian school in Baltimore, MD, where Coracle’s Community Minister for Baltimore, Scott Buresh, teaches eighth graders. From [the Cambridge School]’s inception we had an intuitive sense of the power of images.  Dallas Willard in...