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
Thoughts and prayers: a phrase symbolizing compassion has instead become a sign of political callousness. How do we move forward? Maybe some other thoughts and prayers. "Why do you allow violence in our schools, God?," reads the meme, answering its question with God's excuse that he is not … [Read more...] about Offering Some Thoughts and Prayers
Sticks and stones may break my bones.... And we know the rest of that rhyme is a lie. Words have power. They can hurt, and they can heal. As the Internet and social media make it easier to use our words, it seems that the hurtful part has taken center stage. Even Christians … [Read more...] about Starring in 2018….
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!
I am munching on my lunch as I write this. Ironic? More like realistic. After several months of this regular fast I have some sense of its impact on me, and one aspect is a lack of creativity and energy. If I ever imagined that I could use fasting as a way to gain clarity and insight--and I … [Read more...] about Hungry?
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
At Trinity right now we have a symbolic pathway going through the church. It is paved with symbols of the work we do here. Very soon we are going to add the footprints, and before we do that, I think we need an explanation. Footprints in the Sand--you've probably read that poem. In the … [Read more...] about Making Tracks
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
They’ll know we are Christians by our love… I haven’t heard that song for a long time, maybe because, sadly, it isn’t accurate. Love wouldn’t be the first word that comes to mind when people think of Christians today. Many of Jesus’ followers have a bad habit of demanding their rights, mostly so … [Read more...] about What’s Love got to do with it?
A former white supremist tells his story: as he was being served by an African-American waitress, she saw his hand with its prominent swastika tattoo. “Oh, honey,” she sympathized, “you’re better than that!” These little words from a woman completely lacking in credibility somehow got under his … [Read more...] about The Samaritan Tree: Revisited