By now we have a handle on the Lenten truth: We have messed up and will continue to mess up. Original Sin, the theological concept that tells us that we humans are not as good as we imagine, is one doctrine that doesn't require faith. During Lent we set ourselves up, by temptation and … [Read more...] about Mind the Gap and Get Ready for Easter
Holy Week approaches, and now it is time to explain why you should all attend. Put aside those fun weekend plans--you need to be in church! Here we go--time to pull out the extreme persuasive skills: First of all, Holy Week is good for your soul. Elsewhere I've … [Read more...] about Keeping Trinity Weird: Time for Holy Week
The frenzy leading to Christmas morning can make the holiday itself feel like a let-down. The presents are open, and dinner eaten (hours of cooking, 15 minutes of eating), what now? In building up to one, all-important day, we’ve set ourselves up for disappointment, not to mention … [Read more...] about Christmas: Even More Important than you Think!
In a time when “Merry Christmas” has become a political statement and Christmas itself a spending and advertising frenzy far removed from that humble Bethlehem manger, how does a Christian celebrate Christmas? We are not the first to ask. The Puritans responsible for our Thanksgiving holiday not … [Read more...] about Advent Ideas
What follows here are ideas for conversations and activities for making the message heard on Sundays part of your daily life and thinking. All Saints' Season--October and November Christians might be surprised to know of Halloween’s Christian origins. For centuries, Celtic tribes … [Read more...] about Bringing the Faith Home
In May, our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, issued a call to action, asking the Church to fast in solidarity with families struggling with hunger. This fast will take place on the 21st of each month. Here’s why: The Biblical example: In the Old Testament book by the same name, Esther, a Jew and … [Read more...] about For Such a Time: Caring about People in Need
What's your favorite Bible passage? Judging from football games, scripture cites on car bumpers and even graffiti, the popular answer is John 3:16. I don't know if seeing those signs ever inspires anyone to look up the passage, but if they did, they would find what many consider to be a summary … [Read more...] about Being a Matthew 5 Church
The one liturgical season focused on us, Lent is only a Christian name for self-improvement if we don't encounter Christ in all that navel-gazing. So, before Easter excitement erases all, let's ask one question: Did Lent work? To recap: During Lent, each week worshipers brought a rock to … [Read more...] about Did Lent Work for You this Year?
Jesus doesn't like hypocrites. Who does? When we read the Gospel that always begins Lent, advising us to avoid the piety of hypocrites, we're all in. One problem: What if we are the hypocrites he's describing? Granted, we're not sounding trumpets to announce our generosity, but we are ready … [Read more...] about Beginning Lent
A new year, a new topic The Rector's Forum meets on Sundays at 9:00, discussing all manner of topics. In 2017 we begin with a look at church history, answering four important questions: What is the Church and what is essential to it? How can the Church be renewed and reformed if needed? … [Read more...] about The Church in History: Introducing a New Series