Good Friday :: The Unbreakable Music

  “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures…” So said the Apostle Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians. Scholars note that specific word choice used by Paul is technical in nature. “Received”…

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Ash Wednesday :: On Learning to Speak

She came up to me after a service one Sunday night. Tears in her eyes, trembling, she was still holding the sacrament in her fingers–a bit of bread, soggy and quivering, right along with her hands. “Can I ask you a question?” she said. “Should you take this if you…

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Forgiveness and the Risen, Wounded One

“On the evening of that first day of the week,” John says, “when the disciples were together with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!’ ” John goes on to say that, “After he said this, he…

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“Only Where Graves Are” ebook available next week

Hey friends – I’m super excited to let you know about a project I’ve been working on for Lent this year. I’ve been talking for years about doing more substantive writing, and several months ago I decided that now was the time. I wanted to work on a project that would…

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A Maundy Thursday Reflection

“Maundy” Thursday.  So called because on this day the Church celebrates Jesus’ institution of the “new commandment” (“mandatum novum” in Latin) following his washing of the disciples’ feet.  The commandment is simple, poignant, and well-known: A new commandment I give to you: love one another.  Just as I have loved…

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An Ash Wednesday Lament

Our service at Bloom was stunningly beautiful last night.  Together with our friends at Hope Community Church, in a near standing-room-only basement, we gathered together to “name” and lament the many deaths, and our responsibility and complicity in those deaths, that surround us.  It was powerful. Part of the night…

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Space to Tell the Truth – An Ash Wednesday Reflection

Ash Wednesday.  A day to have ashes smeared on your forehead, acknowledge and publicly confess what a miserable wretch you are, and sit quietly pondering the fact that one day, you are going to die. Awesome. I grew up in a tradition that greatly eschewed moments in the Christian calendar…

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In Response to the “What Should I Do For Lent?” Question

Growing up in the non-denominational, evangelical world, my background was largely devoid of robust tradition.  By the time I got to my early 20’s, that lack became a great felt need for me.  I began to long for rootedness, stability, and a sense of connectedness to the great Tradition of…

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Ashes to Ashes… Into the Life

Today is Ash Wednesday.  Around the world today, from every denominational and theological stripe, Christians will gather in churches to smear ashes on their heads, remember the primal turn away from God that blighted us with mortality, and begin to turn their hearts back to God, yet again.  Lent is a…

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