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
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
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
Doesn't it seem to you that our national discourse sounds like an elementary schoolyard? We all do it. Appalled by the insults and accusations coming from the other side, we conveniently forget the outlandish behavior of our allies. This race to the bottom, backed up by countless righteous … [Read more...] about He Started It!
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