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
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
Politics and religion--do we really want to go there? For Trinity, following Jesus means that we meet now and then with believers of other faiths, not to change their minds, but to be reminded that the God we worship is bigger than our understanding. National Day of Prayer provides an important … [Read more...] about National Day of Prayer–Mixing Politics and Religion
Taking prayer seriously--it's something a Christian should do; can't argue with that! But prayer itself--prayer that is more than a wish list of items for us and our friends, more quick thanksgivings at a red light--prayer seems hard. How do you find the time, the words, the structure? That's … [Read more...] about A Season of Prayer
Doing the same thing over and over? Whether it's the same relationship drama or returning to the addiction, over and over, as if self-destruction were our default mode. Almost as if we have no choice. Change is hard. We choose, unconsciously and deliberately, habits that don't work. St. Paul … [Read more...] about Holy Week Thoughts
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
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