Posts tagged "The Merciful Impasse"
Humility Is Endless: A Few Choice Cuts From The Merciful Impasse

Humility Is Endless: A Few Choice Cuts From The Merciful Impasse

If you’re one of the few who has been holding out on Paul Zahl’s The Merciful Impasse: The Sermon on the Mount for People Who’ve Crashed (and Burned), the audio collection that Mockingbird released this past Fall, hold out no longer! Here are a few soundbites to whet your appetite. The only aspect of the set they don’t capture is the truly laugh-out-loud humor:

What I’m really talking about is the roots of the problem of being human. Why are we the way we are? What causes us to be intractably defensive, and resistant, and feeling terribly vulnerable to people’s judgments…

Read More »

The Merciful Impasse and The Mission

The Merciful Impasse and The Mission

I have greatly enjoyed my copy of Mockingbird’s The Merciful Impasse: The Sermon on the Mount for Those Who’ve Crashed (and Burned), and have been especially taken with the two recordings that deal with Jesus’ clear call to passivity in the face of aggression: we are not to lash out, strike first, or vindicate ourselves in any way. “Iustitia passiva” is PZ’s term for it.

This section of The Merciful Impasse reminded me of the 1986 film The Mission which dealt with so many religious themes that it’s always seemed curious to me that director Roland Joffe’s take on his movie is that it’s…

Read More »

Now Available! The Merciful Impasse: The Sermon on the Mount for People Who’ve Crashed (and Burned)

Now Available! The Merciful Impasse: The Sermon on the Mount for People Who’ve Crashed (and Burned)

“I’m telling you, that the demand actually is higher than you know, and that allows you to go on your knees more quickly.”

Life demands many things from us – a successful career, a stable marriage, perfect children, a certain quality of life. More often than not, we respond with determination and a fierce will.

Jesus Christ brought a fresh and radical insight to the endless human struggle with demand, associating it with weakness rather than with strength, with failure rather than success. He believed that we only begin to meet the requirements of life when we despair of our ability to…

Read More »