[This reflection was written with two thumbs on an iPhone. Please disregard formatting errors… And typos. Disregard typos.] A few weeks ago I wrote a post narrating a period of vocational reflection wherein I mused about our collective call to really open ourselves to being transformed in order to transform the world around us. … Continue reading Searching in the Dark
These days my kitchen counter has become my altar. The chalice? A glass coffee maker. The wine? Water just off the boil. I always pour deliberately, slowly, and with intention because, before the busyness of my day, this task is an altar upon which may descend the fire of God’s grace. The aroma of freshly ground coffee beans brewing is my prayer, set forth as incense, ascending to the throne room of God.
How are people of faith called to engage faith in the wake of an outbreak of state-sanctioned executions of Black and Brown people? I've struggled with this answer. I have struggled with people asking for the protesters and demonstrators to remain "peaceful" while not placing an equal burden on a system to provide the justice that makes peace possible in the first place. I have struggled with what it means to have a prophetic voice in a faith community who represent a different narrative than my own. I have struggled in my own devotional life with "how do I pray when I can't breathe?"
"Remember the sabbath day and keep it holy." - Exodus 20:8 I've heard it said that the 4th Commandment, the commandment instructing us to keep sabbath, is the only one of the Ten Commandments that we willingly break and then brag about. I mean think about it, our culture is obsessed with busyness. Think of … Continue reading Coffeehouse Musings: Stop it, and I Mean it!
I met the most precious little boy yesterday and his curiosity taught me more about Ash Wednesday than 100 sermons in 100 churches. There I was, sitting in Bella Napoli in Brookside looking about as "out-of-place" as I possibly could. I was wearing all black with purple stole, holding a ceramic bowl containing ashes. I … Continue reading Remember that you are dust…
...closeness with God is the true definition of holiness. Holiness is not perfection in the moralistic sense. Holiness is union with God. But to get there we must begin the process of surrendering our lives to God.
I walked into my office this morning to find two banners posted on my door. And... Both of the banners advertised the new "Take 5" Saturday evening service that I am tasked with launching at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, but each of them did so in a subtly different way. The first banner was crisp, … Continue reading Coffehouse Musings: Re-Thinking Church
I suppose technically the ink on my ordination certificate has dried, although I'm not sure if the episcopal wax seal has been applied yet (that's a whole other story). Even with all that complexity, I am still a very new priest. Actually, I'm probably as new as you can get. If my clock is right, … Continue reading Beginning again…