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The Inn of God’s Forgiveness and Other Hymns for the Progressive Church

So the hymns in this collection are my attempts to express aspects of a positive progressive theology. They are not meant to give a systematic statement of that theology; there are plenty of topics unaddressed here, and there’s plenty of room for a sequel. These hymns are, in the old sense, occasional pieces. They were written for particular occasions in my spiritual journey.

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Who Maims Life Today?

From the Boundless Life collection

Who maims life today?
We maim life today
When we see the wood and not the tree,
When we fail to dream of what could be,
We maim life today.

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Spirit’s Golden Fire

From the Boundless Life collection

Spirit’s golden fire,
God’s life-force in our depth, *
Fan within our hearts
Your just and caring warmth.

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Deep in the Human Heart

From the Boundless Life collection

Deep in the human heart
The fires of justice burn;
With visions of a world renewed
Through radical concern.

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What can the prophet Jesus teach us?

From the Boundless Life collection

What can the prophet Jesus teach us?
Where shall the mystic Christ lead us?
His Way is wonder, the path compassion,
And through letting go we shall find life.

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Knock, Knock, Knock

From the Boundless Life collection

“Knock, knock, knock and the door will surely open, *
Seek, seek, seek and the questing heart will find,”
All that only seems to lie outside us
Also dwells within our heart and mind.

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When we find beauty in our depths

From the Boundless Life collection

When we find beauty in our depths,
When we find love within our heart,
When we find dance within our toes,
God will form our sail and chart.

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There’s a Beautiful Place in Our Minds

From the Boundless Life collection

There’s a beautiful place in our minds,
Deeper than hatred or fear;
There’s a beautiful space in our hearts
Filled with God’s wisdom and care.

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I’m on the road to nowhere (In the steps of Abraham)

From the Boundless Life collection

I’m on the road to nowhere
A place that I can find
Beyond my measured thinking,
Beyond my structured mind.

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We go forward and around

From the Boundless Life collection

We go forward and around
In the cycles of the Earth;
The seasons in their sequence
With death that leads to birth.

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Sowing limits what we harvest

From the Boundless Life collection

Sowing limits what we harvest;
Giving shapes what we receive;
Words send out our hurts and loving
And define what we achieve.

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