The Spirit came with wind and fire, so we close the windows, we put in sprinklers and smoke detectors, we have flame retardents and climate controls . . . . . . and not just in our homes. The Spirit came and transcended languages, so we erected bigger barriers, we buried our dry bones deeper, […]Read More Pentecost, 2015
Last week’s lectionary passage (1 Samuel 3:1-10), and this week’s Gospel reading (Mark 1:14-20) share the common theme of God unexpectedly calling people. When God called Samuel in the temple, Samuel was just a boy. I imagine he was about 8 or 9 years old. He had been dedicated to the Lord by his mother […]Read More God’s Unexpected Call
What is hope if it isn’t a little absurd? What if hope for the future helps us locate faith for today?Read More The Absurdity of Hope
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?
It’s Valentine’s day! Because it’s Valentine’s Day, I thought it appropriate to write about love. However, this left me wondering exactly which angle to take. It would be WAY too easy to just spout out some drivel about romance, it being Valentine’s Day and all. And the blogosphere has already been inundated with the love […]Read More Love. No, really! Love!
Epiphany by Dick Phillips Epiphany (noun) a moment in which you suddenly see or understand something in a new or very clear way. When I was 10, I wanted to be an acolyte in my church. I desperately wanted to carry the brass candle lighter down the aisle (in the “procession!”) wear the little alb, […]Read More A Personal Epiphany
One of the most memorable nights of my life came when I received a phone call from my sister, telling me she was pregnant. She was young, unmarried, and not yet finished with school, so the news came with not a little trepidation. Another relative called me later that night to talk about this news. […]Read More The “Perfect” Christmas?