Lent? If you have to ask, you can't afford it, right? Not so fast! Lent isn't just for church fanatics! Consisting of the 40 days before Easter, Lent serves to prepare us for Easter. That magic number is biblical, but also practical. Changing habits, healing wounds--these things take six … [Read more...] about Getting Ready for Lent
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
Lent? If you have to ask, you can't afford it, right? Not so fast! Lent isn't just for church fanatics! Consisting of the 40 days before Easter, Lent serves to prepare us for Easter. That magic number is biblical, but also practical. Changing habits, healing wounds--these things take six … [Read more...] about Lent?
Doesn’t it seem like everything is politics these days? Seems we just can't escape the arguments, the outrages, and news, fake or not. I know! We'll go to church! No politics there, right? OK, not true, which is why we have to figure out what to say. The Politics of Blessings What we call the … [Read more...] about We Could be Fools: Relevant Faith
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
New Year's Resolutions--yearly promises to improve, usually forgotten by February--could this secular tradition to build our spiritual lives? At Trinity, we can, using our four Advent themes as a way to emphasize the Christian difference in our lives. How might these four enhance your 2017 … [Read more...] about New Year’s Resolutions to Keep
The supposed War on Christmas arrived early this year, as did all the commercial Christmas decorations. This fight, together with the hyper-commercialization of this season, leaves us with a dilemma: how do we celebrate the birth of our Savior as both a religious event and a general holiday … [Read more...] about Have No Fear, Advent is Here!
It's over. Some of us are thrilled or cautiously optimistic. Others react with anger and grief. Everyone seems a bit stunned. What now? We could go back what we've been doing for the last year--posting our positions and liking our friends. Is there another option? Reconciliation, anyone? Of … [Read more...] about Be Afraid, Part 2
"Twas Grace that taught my heart to fear, and Grace my fears relieved" These familiar, and nearly contradictory, lines sum up everything you need to remember about being a Christian at the end of this election season. Fear has been a big part of this campaign--grace, not so much. Everyone has … [Read more...] about Be Afraid