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
When was the first time you died? Middle school or elementary, most likely, witnessed that most embarrassing moment EVER. "I'm never going back," you swore to your parents. "I'll die!" But you went back, and somehow survived. That scenario has played out in all our lives many times, … [Read more...] about Living like the Resurrection is Real
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
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