My name is Susan, and I am associate professor of Theology at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.
“Water walking time” is a way to assemble a lot of my public work: books (Theology of the Body, Extended; The Gift of Birth, and upcoming Why You Shouldn’t Kill Yourself: Five Tricks of the Heart about Assisted Suicide), articles (in America, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, Sojourners, Listening Journal, and more), essays (in the form of blog posts), speaking events, and podcasting (coming soon). My work is both popular and academic–this website focuses on the former.
The website is called Water Walking Time in reference to Matthew 14:22-33:
Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. And early in the morning he came walking towards them on the lake. But when the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified, saying, ‘It is a ghost!’ And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, ‘Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.’
Peter answered him, ‘Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.’ He said, ‘Come.’ So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came towards Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’ Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, ‘You of little faith, why did you doubt?’ When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, ‘Truly you are the Son of God.’
The Christian life is water walking time–trying out our faith, eyes on Jesus, ignoring the winds. As Peter found out, it isn’t easy. But God calls us just the same. Everyday, we walk on water–or we are called to do so.
The podcast (coming soon) is called Get Out of the Boat. Same scriptural reference. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy poking around!
God’s peace and all good to you,