At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered, “I have told […]
There are words that Christians use, often without much thought. If we are asked to define them or explain them, we might be caught short. Bless, Blessing, Blessed are a set of words that we use and, I suspect, miss use. It’s not unusual to hear people talk about being blessed and usually they mean […]
Rowan Williams is a wonderful writer and a very thoughtful Christian. I highly recommend this essay of his, Silence in the Face of Mystery.
Christians have always been attentive to reality that prayer, worship, the sacraments and other spiritual practices are important. In many churches and individual people’s lives it is simply a given. But why? Why are those practices important? One of the first things we tend to say is that spiritual practices help us grow closer to […]
I continue to read Ginger Gaines-Cirelli’s book Sacred Resistance: A Practical Guide to Christian Witness and Dissent. There continues to be many, many useful ideas to ponder. In addition to grounding our actions in God’s love by attending to our own spiritual life we also need to be clear about what God is calling us to do. […]
August is a stressful month for me. I’m a campus minister at three different schools. Each August there are a lot of things that need to be done. And they all need to be done three times. Three new student events to prepare for. Three campus club days. Posters to get ready. Rooms to reserve. […]
We don’t know what to do with Holy Saturday- at least most of us don’t. Good Friday is a time of sorrow and mourning. Easter Sunday is filled with the joy of the resurrection. Saturday is an uncomfortable time. It is a time of waiting and we are a people who do not wait well. […]