Archive for the 'Everything Else' Category

Our Blood – Not Theirs

Sunday, April 28th, 2024

With the caveat that I’m intentionally being a bit provocative, I’d like to say that… Regarding the well being of this country, violence might be necessary, but it’s the violence of Christians being fed to lions in the Colosseum, not the violence of Christians trying to take back Jerusalem in the Crusades. The Gospel advances […]

A Dumb God

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021

People who believe in God but don’t believe that creation is teleologically imbued essentially believe in a dumb God, likely a God who merely exists to serve their own purposes.  Teleology has a troublesome way of pushing back on our disordered desires, and I suspect that this is largely the reason we don’t, and in […]

Two Things on Holy Saturday

Saturday, April 3rd, 2021

As the dawn breaks on Holy Saturday two things come to mind… Though Adam named all the animals and all creation, he did not name himself. There are things in your soul that cannot be named for they alone belong to God.

An Expression of Fallenness

Monday, January 4th, 2021

A weird and sad expression of my fallenness is the fact that though I am far, far less holy than God is, I am also more judgmental.

On Fig Leaves

Friday, May 25th, 2018

Is Morality the fig leaves of the fallen?

Templing In Jesus’ Word

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

The following is my reflection from this past Sunday’s Evensong service. ******* Hear these words from Brother Lawrence, a 17th century monk whose sage words on the spiritual life posthumously became a book titled The Practice of the Presence of God: He does not ask much of us, merely a thought of Him from time […]

An Aching Desire for Exacting Control

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

I get that doctrine is important to the life of the Church. Doctrine is part of the Church’s call to bear witness to the work of God in Christ, and it can be both an act of worship, as well as a catalyst in bringing the Church to it’s knees in worship. And yet, for […]

Laughter Is Not Enough

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

I know many people were surprised by Robin Williams suicide, but given the relationship between comedy and sorrow, was it really such a surprise? Comedy has its roots in tragedy, deep insecurity, and loneliness, and we laugh at comedians because they give us a socially acceptable way to vent our own insecurities and fears, without […]

God At A Distance

Monday, February 11th, 2013

It is never safe to keep God at a distance, for at a distance He judges sin, but up close He bears it


Monday, January 16th, 2012

During the lectionary of the worship service this past Sunday I was inspired to write the following: Ancestors, and more immediately our parents are our root and source and our debt to them should be acknowledged. We should honor them,  because beyond being our biological root, and the primary influence of our socialization and development, […]