Pause

I typically hate prayer circles, as folks fall so easily into the “well I’ll pray better than that” trap. My experience of prayer circles any more is an extended blast of religious white noise, which sets my spirit on edge.

Why I Love Lent

Of all the seasons in the Church year, Lent is the one to which I’m most drawn. It’s a season of spiritual reset and reorientation, a deliberate move to be joined to the story of Jesus. While I appreciate the other seasons of the Church year, Lent is the one which absolutely refuses to make…

Out of the Shadows

Over the course of the last week most of the color has departed from the trees. The yellow’s are still hanging on, I’ve noticed they tend to appear later in the season, but most of the remaining leaves have turned brown or have fallen to the ground. Such is the nature of mid-November in the…

Reverse Schedule

This morning was a bit unusual for me. On Thursdays I typically start out by playing taxi for my wife and kids as they get off to work/school 1, then I come home to shower. Once I’m “presentable” I sit down to work on my sermon. In the afternoon, then, I’ll typically make some pastoral…

Slow down

We live in a culture which loves to be always on the move. In fact, we tend to rate our value on how “productive” we are. If we write so many thousands of words, get to as many functions as possible, make “x” dozens of cookies before 8AM, or stencil the garden fence1 we can…