Last year as my husband and I were gathering our things following the Ash Wednesday service, my daughter tugged on my shirt. “Momma, will you put one on my head and say the words?” She pointed to where the ashes were kept. “Sure, sweetie.” I knelt down in front of her, dragged the tip of […]Read More Dirty Hands – an Ash Wednesday Reflection
Love, coming as a baby, placed us upon a throne. Weak and self-insufficient, that Love became our own, all inhibitions shed, a meal for all creation served in the House of Bread. Love we were not expecting (though it had been foretold) finds us afraid, defensive, so angry, empty, cold and offers warmth instead: the […]Read More A Love Song in Hungry Days
One of my very favorite movies has always been Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder. The movie combined so many wonderful things – music, a compelling storyline, candy (what kid doesn’t love candy?), and the Buckets. And, I remember listening to the part of the movie where Gene Wilder would speak German […]Read More It Will Never Get Any Smaller – a Thanksgiving Meditation
There has been a lot of online bemoaning and complaining and analysis recently about the decline of the Christian church in the northern hemisphere. Whether it is the rise of the “Nones,” the popularity of Sports culture, the fact that people no longer feel obligated to attend worship every single week, or the changing demographic […]Read More Burning Man – Funeral pyre for the Church?
This doesn’t seem like a title that I might put on a blog post. After all, I am a minister in a tradition that values literacy. The magisterial Reformation in Europe was a Reformation of learned people, educated people; instead of listening to others sing for them, instead of accepting what others told them that […]Read More The Problem of Literate Worship
As we are all abundantly aware—and those who are not should switch to CNN and check out Wolf Blitzer in full Earth-Shattering-Breaking-News-24/7 mode—there have been a few big and unpleasant events on the world scene this past week, the most noteworthy of which have been Israel’s commencement of a ground offensive against Hamas into the […]Read More Bishop Chrysostom—or, How I am Learning to Stop Worrying and Trust the Holy Spirit
Nothing New Under the Sun Church participation is in decline. It’s certainly not a new story. The old narrative (at least in some circles) was that we were finally feeling the aftershock of the Fundamentalist–Modernist Controversy of the 1920’s and 30’s. Mainline churches offered a watered down “liberal” theology some argued. The contention was that […]Read More The Heart of Worship