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Homo Consumens and the Desire for Presence

More than one writer has observed that entering the modern upscale mall is like stepping into a cathedral. (See most recently, James Smith, Desiring the Kingdom). Large pillars or high arches frame the entryways. Vaulted ceilings with skyward glass or regal rotundas give us a sense of the sublime—a feeling of transcendence. Looking down at the veined marblesque floors, we feel ourselves sliding across antiquity. And the shops—they are like so many quaint chapels where we can taste and see the sacraments of our age. If we are supplicants in these modern cathedrals, coming in search of some Real Presence, we do so as a new breed. We are not worshippers, but consumers. We are homo consumens. The homo consumens, […]

Space in Life

Recently, I’ve been asking myself, “What do I need to do to create more emotional, spiritual and mental space in my daily life?” During the day I find myself running from one meeting to the next; in the evenings I “catch up” on work and life at a rather hectic pace. I don’t like the frenetic hurriedness I am living in, and in the in-between times at stop-lights or waiting in line at the grocery store, I wonder, “Lord, what do you have to say about this pace I’m living right now?” In my more honest moments, I know the answer to these questions, and I admit to feeling fear at what I must do to make some changes. I […]

The God of the Crucifixion

The Crucifixion is arguably one of two or three monumental historical moments for the Christian church. In addition to the incarnation and resurrection, no other event has as much latent mystery or power surrounding it. It was through this action of cosmic redemption that Christ made permanent satisfaction for sin and Divine righteousness available for broken humanity. Upon further reflection, however, it seems that this pivotal, historical event not only accomplishes something for human salvation, but also unveils to us the eternal heart of a loving, humble, giving God. When we look at the cross, we see pain, suffering, and death; the Son of God brutally murdered for dubious reasons at best. But when we look for a vision of […]


I sometimes wonder how it is that Jesus is present to me. I don’t mean present in the sense that he is in my mind or that I am in some way attempting to emulate him in my everyday I life. I mean really, really present, as in with me. The reason that I wonder about this is that I’m often not present to Jesus. It may be that he is really, truly, with me, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m with him, at least not consciously. My energy is frequently drawn to activities that are related to success and failure—grasping for the former, desperately avoiding the latter—and in those efforts I lay my life in my own hands. […]