MattB writes: I'd love to recommend an interview with Korean theologian, Andrew Sung Park where he introduces a new atonement: Triune Atonement... Read More > Steve Robinson writes: I have read The Labyrinth and Water From An Ancient Well with great pleasure... Read More > kimmiek928 writes: All of these books look wonderful! Looking forward to reading them all! Brightest Blessings! Read More >
Posted by Kenneth McIntosh on June 14, 2011, 2:10 pm Kenneth McIntosh is husband to Marsha and the father of grown children Jonathan and Eirené. Ken teaches, writes, and counsels for a broad spectrum of audiences, always hoping to be a “soul friend” (anamchara) to fellow travelers on life’s journey. He teaches Comparative Religions at Coconino Community College in Flagstaff, Arizona, and is the author of more than a dozen published books, most recently Water from an Ancient Well (click here to read endorsements for the book). He is also pastor of First Congregational Church of Flagstaff (First Congregational Website link coming soon)... Read More.
Posted by Anamchara Books on October 9, 2012, 11:07 am
Tomorrow is the last day to register for “Celtic Christian Way of Spiritual Life” retreat w/ Paul John Martin (Guardian of the Community of Aidan and Hilda—a Celtic Neo-Monastic community) and Kenneth McIntosh (author of Water from an Ancient Well: Celtic Spirituality for Modern Life). The event is at Epiphany Church in Flagstaff (423 North Beaver Street) from 10 AM to 3 PM this Saturday--October 13th... Read More.
Posted by Anamchara Books on October 3, 2012, 12:59 pm
Anamchara Books is proud to present A Celtic Christian Way of Spiritual Life, a retreat on Saturday, October 13th from 10 AM to 3 PM at Church of the Epiphany, 423 North Beaver Street, Flagstaff, Arizona. Paul John Martin, Guardian of the Community of Aidan and Hilda (a Celtic neo-monastic community) and Kenneth McIntosh, author of Water from an Ancient Well: Celtic Spirituality for Modern Life will be presenting at the event.
Learn about the ancient Christian tradition that makes life a spiritual adventure, integrates ecology, art and community, and lives on in postmodern-era spiritual communities... Read More.
Posted by Anamchara Books on September 20, 2012, 10:26 am Take a look at some of Anamchara Books editor and author Kenneth McIntosh’s great pictures from over the last few months, the first being a photo of Ken speaking with Ray Simpson, founding guardian of the Celtic Community of Aidan and Hilda, on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. Anamchara Books is excited to publish Ray’s books on Celtic Christian faith, including Celtic Daily Light: Day-to-Day Insights from the Celtic Saints and Soul Friendship: Celtic and Desert Insights.
Ken (right) with Ray Simpson (left).
Ken’s wife, Marsha, stands by the Chalice Well—a healing place and legendary site of the Grail—in Glastonbury, England.
Posted by Kenneth McIntosh on September 10, 2012, 1:16 pm As I just presented a labyrinth workshop at Northern Arizona University, I thought this would be a good time to share an article written by my friend Julie Munger on the topic of labyrinths. Julie lives in Flagstaff, Arizona and attended my workshop at the Celtic Festival in Flagstaff this past July--which inspired her to write this article combining the material I shared at that event with her own experiences.
This is the triple spiral shamrock labyrinth that I made for this year's Celtic Festival in Flagstaff, Arizona: the photo was taken with a phone by Adal Lopez flying over in a helicopter.
Most people do not know the difference between a maze and a labyrinth... Read More.
Posted by Kenneth McIntosh on March 5, 2012, 12:42 pm While a child, I was exposed to the idea of Lent by mother, who was Methodist, but it was nothing I took seriously. The idea of “going without” some minor luxury for 40 days made no sense (especially so as I was not yet a follower of Christ). As a young adult, I was trained in the Faith by Calvinist Protestants, who eschewed any such Popish practice as Lent. Now, past the middle of my life, I’ve learned to appreciate Christian practices that follow the ancient paths—and especially Celtic ones—and so Lent becomes meaningful at last.
What is Lent and how did it begin? It is the observance of the forty days from Ash Wednesday to Holy Thursday, a time that serves as preparation for the foundational events of Christ’ death and Resurrection. It is a very old custom, first noted by Irenaus of Lyons (130-200) and formalized by the Council of Nicea (325)... Read More.
Posted by Kenneth McIntosh on February 28, 2012, 8:50 am
The Great Poet Robert Burns
Since people around the world are celebrating Robert Burns’ birthday at this time, I thought I would post my brief talk at Flagstaff’s Burns Dinner.
One mark of true genius is breadth of intellect—from Leonardo Da Vinci to Steve Jobs, geniuses do many things well. And Robert Burns produced immortal works that covered wide ground. He wrote four-line ditties and lengthy ballads. He collected traditional poems both highland and lowland. He commented on matters political and economical, and covered ground from current events to theology. He popped the balloons of the pompous aristocracy. He angered the mighty and lifted up the common people. Burns could be brutally honest, satirical and acerbic. And yet…he also delighted in romance and romanticism.
Romance and Romanticism…those are my topics in this brief address... Read More.
Posted by Kenneth McIntosh on January 25, 2012, 10:39 am These bumper stickers seem to reflect the current thinking in America regarding Christian faith and the science of origins.
My own understanding is more along the lines of this bumper sticker.
I was raised by two parents trained in the hard sciences: my father was a research chemist who helped develop Heparin for widespread medical use, among other worthwhile endeavors. I grew up surrounded by practicing researchers, and that instilled some lifelong beliefs in me. First, I saw that most people in this field are exacting: they have a “no bull” pragmatic approach to life—if the facts don’t fit a pet theory, they kill it and find something else that corresponds better with reality. Second, I realized that many scientists work relentlessly in the service of humankind. Yes, there are those who build better bombs, but my father was not one of those, and neither were his co-workers... Read More.
Posted by Kenneth McIntosh on January 17, 2012, 1:03 pm Recently I’ve been reading Peter Enns' book Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament. It is deep and thorough: not the kind of book one can skim through and give a review, so I’m not going to venture an appraisal of the book until I finish it (and that might be a while). But I want to reflect briefly on a quote that jumped out at me. Enns Says: I have found again and again that listening to how the Bible itself behaves and suspending preconceived notions (as much as that is possible) about how we think the Bible ought to behave is refreshing, creative, exciting, and spiritually rewarding.
I’ve pored over the Bible in various translations for more than three decades now, and I find those words to be truer with each new reading. What are some of the “preconceived notions” that tame and limit our appreciation of the Bible?
-It must be “God’s little instruction book.” In many cases, it does give instruction (IE proverbs) yet just as often it’s narrative, or history, or poetry... Read More.