Heaven Opens: The Trinitarian Mysticism of Adrienne von Speyr, my book is available.
“Sutton’s deep penetration into Adrienne’s mystical gifts offers an excellent introduction to her unique vision and also helps hit the ‘reveal codes’ button for von Balthasar’s theology.” - Rev. Raymond Gawronski, S.J.
I don’t write here to sell books, but do share what I create in my writing and teaching. My newest book captures the foundation of my theological and spiritual work as I develop the profound mysticism of Adrienne von Speyr. You can find out more about it here.
If you’ve read my book, would you please considering sharing it with others by reviewing it in journals or online?
“In this significant monograph, Sutton brings expositional clarity and conceptual rigor to the extensive textual legacy of Adrienne von Speyr. It is a real accomplishment.” Dr. Paul Nimmo
All your help sharing my book gives me support to work on the next book, which will be available soon. I can’t wait to share this new one with you.
“This book has the potential to do for Adrienne von Speyr’s theology what Father Edward Oakes’ Pattern of Redemption did for Hans Urs von Balthasar’s in the mid-1990s, in this case by accessibly introducing Adrienne to a generation of students and scholars.” Dr. Matthew Levering
I loved using Gerhard Lohfink’s book, Jesus of Nazareth: What He Wanted, Who He Was, for teaching a thoroughly biblical Christology in my introductory Christianity course. In order to the teach this wonderful book, I developed several reading assignment sheets. Here they are:
Reading Comprehension Sheets:
- Lohfink - Jesus - Chapter 1: Assignment 1
- Lohfink - Jesus - Chapter 2: Assignment 2
- Lohfink - Jesus - Chapter 3: Assignment 3
- Lohfink - Jesus - Chapter 4: Assignment 4
- Lohfink - Jesus - Chapter 5 - 6: Assignment 5
- Lohfink - Jesus - Chapter 7: Assignment 6
- Lohfink - Jesus - Chapter 8 - 9: Assignment 7
- Lohfink - Jesus - Chapter 11 - 12: Assignment 8
- Lohfink - Jesus - Chapter 13: Assignment 9
- Lohfink - Jesus - Chapter 15: Assignment 10
- Lohfink - Jesus - Chapter 16 - 17: Assignment 11
- Lohfink - Jesus - Chapter 18: Assignment 12
- Lohfink - Jesus - Chapter 19: Assignment 13
- Lohfink - Jesus - Chapter 20: Assignment 14
- Lohfink - Jesus - Chapter 21: Assignment 15
I loved using Gerhard Lohfink’s book, Does God Need the Church?: Toward a Theology of the People of God, for teaching a thoroughly biblical Catholic theology of the Church. In order to the teach this wonderful book, I developed several reading assignment sheets. Here they are:
Reading Comprehension Sheets:
- Lohfink - Need - pgs. vii - 26: Assignment 1
- Lohfink - Need - pgs. 26 - 49: Assignment 2
- Lohfink - Need - pgs. 50 - 74: Assignment 3
- Lohfink - Need - pgs. 74 - 106: Assignment 4
- Lohfink - Need - pgs. 106 - 120: Assignment 5
- Lohfink - Need - pgs. 121 - 134: Assignment 6
- Lohfink - Need - pgs. 134 - 150: Assignment 7
- Lohfink - Need - pgs. 150 - 184: Assignment 8
- Lohfink - Need - pgs. 184 - 201: Assignment 9
- Lohfink - Need - pgs. 203 - 236: Assignment 10
- Lohfink - Need - pgs. 236 - 264: Assignment 11
- Lohfink - Need - pgs. 264 - 309: Assignment 12
"The central thesis of the book is that the fulfilled mission of the Son opens heaven “to the Trinity and reveals the original image of the eternal, immanent relations of triune love”. Given that the bulk of von Speyr’s work is untranslated, Sutton’s study of the German and French renders a great service to the church and the academy in English-speaking contexts. ... Von Speyr needs an apologist capable of accounting for her analogical imagination if her trinitarian theology is to be taken more seriously today. ... Sutton may be poised to deliver an account."
Review PDF here. Citation: Cyrus P. Olsen, III (2014). Horizons, 41, pp 401-402 doi:10.1017/hor.2014.66
I had wanted to complete a marathon. I had a setback and could not.
I trained for a long time to run the famous Brooklyn Marathon on November 15. But on September 26 during my long training run, I injured some tiny connective tissue in my right knee. I rested a week and then ran my longest run of the training, 20 miles, my longest run ever since ten years ago when I had completed the Chicago Marathon. Somehow, I was able to complete this 20 mile training run even though my knee was on fire. I depended on my spirit being on fire. You see, I wanted this run so badly to prove to myself that I could run the marathon. If I could endure the pain, I could complete this major goal I felt called to do for our sports4compassion community. After the very long training run, I rested for a little longer than usual and missed some small training runs. No big deal, I thought, since I had done the epic 20 mile run. I then tried to sneak in another two runs even with a still very sharp and constant pain in my right knee. It is hard to know for sure, but after those two runs, I think I completely damaged my knee for the long term. Since October 12, I have not been able to run or even walk for more than a mile without my leg giving out. So my sports for compassion has become a kind of sitting for compassion.
I used to think this pain and setback was just part of the training, just part of taking my body, mind, and spirit beyond what it had done. But now, I honestly feel very disappointed in myself. The setback is all I can see when the surge of pain comes up my knee into the hip and then strikes my heart. When I give this disappointment room in my mind, it takes over and brings me further into a downward spiral of even greater disappointment. Have you been in this downward spiral? I'm there now.
My prayer has been for wisdom and healing. I have prayed that I could somehow run this event for all those cheering for me and supporting our mission.
This year has been a blessing to me and many others because of our new sports4compassion movement. I know our friends at Heart's Home in Brooklyn have received your donations that support them doing their mission to be a presence of God to the forgotten. This year, we have experienced a great generosity of giving that included several half marathons, 5k races, and some epic bike races. For me, the Brooklyn Marathon was going to be my crowning gift and achievement for my year of health for myself and others, especially those most in need.
But this beyond did not go as I wanted.
I have to be honest with you, I am disappointed in myself. I have struggled to except this injury that has prevented me from running for myself and for others. I believed in myself to be running for you. And now I can not run.
But the Lord surprised me as he always does.
In prayer searching for his meaning in this setback, I have came to realize that by his grace, by his abundant grace, my running long races were a grace but also my not being able to run long races were a grace too.
What I have come to learn is that more people relate to my having this major setback than my other accomplishments for this movement. Telling my story of being setback has brought out other people's stories of setbacks. They hear my pain and reveal their pain. We share our sufferings and we search for the meaing within them. We together hear the Lord speaking to us even in this storm because he answers us "in the secret place of thunder" (Psalm 81:7).
Previously I had talked about my call to running a marathon this year as a call to follow Jesus' beyond. And it still is. I did not realize now that this beyond was not going to be 26.2 miles long, but instead the long run of learning even more deeply that it is all about him and always about his compassion for me and you.
My story is not done. Sports for compassion is not done. I will run this marathon for you. I will comeback.
This setback just prepares my comeback.
And so for you too. Whatever setback you have now is only preparing you for your great comeback in Lord Jesus Christ.
Stay tuned and keep supporting.
My wife and I appeared on In the Arena with Msgr. Harrington talking about living holiness in family life. We're at minute 24:40. We also speak about participating in a wonderful ecclesial movement called Heart's Home.
Oh, and I got the scripture reference wrong. It's 1 Thessalonians 2:8: "So we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well." So good this verse. What is critical in this generation is that as we share the gospel, even more we share our lives. Enjoy.
We previously appeared on In the Arena talking about marriage, family, and love.
A friend recently purchased his first iPhone and he asked me what to do. Here’s what I wrote:
so you bought an iPhone.
I have so much to say right now, but first off, good choice. This computer you have in your hand is three things - an ipod, a phone, and an internet communicator. Here is what I recommend beyond the stock apps that come with your new iPhone:
Dropbox - E S S E N T I A L
1Password - also essential
Divine Office 2 - pray, pray, pray
Accordance - my Bibles with commentaries, concordances, hebrew, greek, and archeology
ReadingPlan - great way to plan and complete your daily Bible reading
Mass Times - when can I receive the Lord next
The Pope App - because …
YNAB - our budgeting software and philosophy
Cash - simplest way to pay and get paid
Ångström - conversion of moneys, units, etc
Nike Running - track my runs and geek out at my efforts to be the better version of me
Tabata - excellent timer for interval training
Withings - yes, I have a weight scale connect to the internet, what have I become … several pounds lighter, but still … come on
Training Peaks - a way for me to see my workout plan for the day/week
Carousel - an easy way to backup all photos to dropbox and then view them in a very nice timeline
Pixelmator - advanced and beautifully designed editor
SKRWT - very good for correcting iphone distortions in photos
VSCO - lots of people like this one too
Google Maps - better
Yelp - it sometimes works
Seamless - “Honey, I’m cooking tonight.” Quickly goes to phone and orders an awesome take out meal. Nice
synchronize - timezone calculator
Google Translate - Learn important words in Spanish - “Cerveza Grande”
utilities for work:
PDF Pen 2 - the best PDF viewer, editor, and creator on your phone - so much more to say here
PDF Pen Scan+ - the best way to take images of papers, books, and text to convert to PDF on your phone. And it does OCR - Honey!
Papers 3 - all my research all the time in PDF and citation forms
Textexpander - type less and better
Fantastical - a better calendar in so many ways
OmniFocus - this is a world - I implement the GTD method and this is my app for getting the better things done
Dark Sky - it’s like sticking your hand out the window
Check the Weather - it’s like Dark Sky but prettier
Byword - a delightful way to write
Day One - a wonderful way to journal
it is also an ipod:
Apple Music is always on and I’m enjoying it, but most importantly, I listen to …
doctorsutton - yes I have my own podcast channel - talks, presentations, much more soon
- Above & Beyond: Group Therapy
- Back to Work
- The Critical Path
- The Flop House
- In Our Time
- The Incomparable
- Jesus Culture Leadership Podcast
- Jesus Culture Sacramento Church Podcast
- Mac Power Users
- Passion City Church Podcast
- Philosophy Bites
- Rodrick on the Line
- Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me
So much more to say here. But, these are some of the apps I’m using now. I know you’ll discover more so please share them. Oh and I also wrote a blog post about how I use my iPad in my teaching. You can find it here.
And, of course, people are more important than tech. Always.
On April 12, 2015, I ran the Queens Half Marathon. It was an awesome experience. It felt so good to run big again after so many years of just not running. At the end of the race, it felt like a hors d'ouerve of heaven, especially since my friends were there - especially since they were there. Do you know what I mean?
Here are the stats: 13.1 miles in 1 hour and 43 minutes. Average of 7:55 a mile. 100th place out of 863 finishers. 33rd in my age group. These aren’t superhuman stats because so many run faster, but I’m huffing and puffing to be better and it felt great.
Better than stats, here's what I learned:
- we run for others
- we can influence more people than we realize
- Jesus makes us new
- if our heart is his, we must grow the strength of this heart for him
- Jesus ran the extra mile for me
- Jesus runs the full
- the only way around suffering for others is through their suffering
- with others is the only way to finish long and finish strong
- friends matter
- friends change everything
- friends are from God
- friends are Jesus Christ
- friends show up
- friends show everything
- friends cheer you on
- friends make you smile - downhill and uphill
- friends make you run faster, harder, stronger, longer, better ...
Please support our friend, Kari.
She's running for you, let's cheer her on! Oklahoma Half Marathon on Sunday, April 26, 2015.
Come on, friends, let's make her twitter blow up.