Through the Eye of a Needle: Reflections on the Christian Life

Through the Eye of a Needle: Reflections on the Christian Life. This is a book of theological reflections, short “snippets of grace”, intended to give the reader brief pause to ponder spiritual possibilities in the context of everyday life. Most evolved in the context of brief homilies in daily chapel and sharings while leading retreats. They tended to take form extemporaneously, in spontaneous moments, without the typical research and exegesis associated with hermeneutical presentations by the pastor. They are also infinitely shorter than the usual sermon … often only a few minutes in length. After several years of collecting these, we decided to put them into a little book. A “Thought for the Day”, if you like. Take them in dribs and drabs, as simple meditations on some modest, and some “heady”, spiritual issues of our day. Often a topic was selected and preached upon based on a question by a parishioner. Sometimes they would suggest a topic for us to respond to (sometimes even “daring” us to respond.) It was enjoyable, creative, and we trust, helpful. We hope you will find these thoughts as helpful to yourself as they have been for others over the years.

The Rev. Christine Elizabeth Mottl is Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. She is also Dean of Bucks Deanery for the Diocese of Pennsylvania. Before coming to Pennsylvania, Christine served as chaplain at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE, a world-class transplant center. She is a Board Certified Chaplain (BCC). Christine is also a founding member of the board of governors and Director of Students for Providence Theological School. Pastor Chris has served as Rector in three parishes in Nebraska prior to coming to Pennsylvania as well as Pastor for a large Evangelical Lutheran Church.

The Rev. Paul Edward Mottl is Dean of Providence Theological School and was Canon to Bishop Michel for administering the Diocese of Pennsylvania. He has served parishes in Nebraska, Long Island, upstate New York and North Dakota. An information systems executive in the military aerospace industry prior to entering ordained ministry, he holds degrees Physics, Religious Education, Systematic Theology and Philosophy of Religion, and is the author of Heartland Hope, a theological work on the Apostles Creed.

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