Monday, June 22, 2009

95 degrees

A hot day. Staying inside. Weird for this time of year. Just let the cat out. Bet he wants back in soon. Ate last night at kyotos. Loveless cafe was full and there was a long wait. Severe thunderstorm Warnings are listed for our area.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Psalm 84 – Title: Sacred Sanctuary
(This is from the Dan Phillips Translation of the Psalms)

I yearn for your house

The sparrow makes a nest by your altar

Happiness is here

People sing and rejoice.

Through trials come

Strength grows here

Blessings surround.

Lord, hear my prayer

One day here is an eternal blessing

You walk beside me and protect me

Blessed am I.

Bro. Dan

Sunday, June 07, 2009


Jack, Mike, and Melinda have been visiting. I am active now on Twitter and have learned to post pictures to it. Now, if I can figure out how to have the twitter feed on Monastic Skete.

Friday, June 05, 2009


Bet you never thought of this as a way to increase church attendance. This was called in our morning paper creative evangelism outreach:

E.Glenn Hinson

Some thoughs about Glenn Henson from Alan Fadling's Blog.

Holy Rhythms

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Baptist Monk

Ever wondered what a baptist monk is like? Baptist Monk

Wednesday, June 03, 2009


The Power of Words

As I get older, I find myself involved in several things that are disturbing:
1. I forget sometimes what I am looking for.
2. I lose things—like my car keys that I found in my underwear drawer.
3. I half-way remember things, but cannot remember where to look for them.

It is the latter that disturbs me most, particularly when I know something is important, and I wrote it down somewhere, but don’t remember when or where.

As an example of this, the most powerful sermon ever preached in our chapel was by Bonnie Austin. Bonnie was near the end of her life and she told me, "I have something I want to share with my friends who come to chapel, but I don’t have much time left."

So the next week, Bonnie spoke on the Power of Words! The chapel was full, something like 44 people, the most we have ever had. It was the most powerful speech I have ever heard. People who heard it said "it changed their lives."

With that all said, look above: "I can’t remember where to look for them!"

I have been on a hunt for her words for two years now. I went to my old journals, that I knew the dates for, but they were not there. It has been very disturbing not to be able to find those notes I wrote down that day.

Now, to the present time. I don’t know about you, but I have a terrible problem with passwords. I can’t remember them. I write them down and forget where I put them. You understand, right? Anyway I have been looking for my passwords for my Picasa Account and my Flickr Account. I have been unsuccessful. I have looked EVERYWHERE !! Recently, I looked through every book I had about computers with no success. I have really given up hope. I hate to have pictures posted on the internet that I can’t get to.

In my futility, I went through 6 moleskine notesbooks I keep, where I list all the patients I visit. Surely, I put down a password there. In the sixth, and final book, I didn’t find the password, but I found a page that said this:

THE POWER OF WORDS by Bonnie Austin.

I can’t tell you how excited I was. Here were her final thoughts that she wanted to share with people she loved before she died. (She died two weeks later.)


Words can hurt you! What words do you feed yourself? Good words or bad words? "If you look, you will see that words have influenced your life," said Bonnie. And the important thing she said was, "When we speak to someone we should leave people better than we found them." Wow…what a good point.

Next she said, "Kind words can be short but their echoes are endless." She then quotes scripture from the book of James. "No man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers, can a fig tree hear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water." (James 3:7-12)

Bonnie then listed the four phrases with the words she said were the most important words we should ever say. Remember this is from a person who would die two weeks later.

1. I Love You ….the most important words you will ever say.
2. I’m sorry……Please forgive me.
3. I forgive you.
4. Thank you.

These “are the words that matter most,” said Bonnie

She then concluded with two other scripture passages. She emphasized that "the righteous weight their words that spirit lifting notes to people can change peoples lives."

Proverbs 17:14 –"The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with."

And finally, from Psalms 19:14, "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, Oh Lord, my strength and my redeemed."

Prayer: (from Dan)

Lord, thank you that when we forget, you remember.
That our words do make a difference.
And that people’s lives and words do change us.
And for the memory of Bonnie’s last sermon.

Bro. Dan

Tuesday, June 02, 2009


"Prayer is the expression of man's basic attitude of dependence and humility towards His creator."

Oxford Book of Prayer

Monday, June 01, 2009

FYI: SNC00099

my brother Ronald and i in Pigeon Forge, Tn.

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