On Welcome

My work as a priest has brought me into many recent conversations on what it means to practice welcome. The church I’m currently serving is very modern. Everything from the chairs and floor plan to the roofline and positioning on our property communicate a 21st century expression of faith. But if you pause occasionally, you’ll … Continue reading On Welcome

Dust & Ashes

Today is Ash Wednesday. It’s been a year since I have posted anything. I’ve started a new article many times, but it’s been a year. And by that I mean, a hell of a year. Over the past year I’ve experienced some significant life changes, some very joyous and some very difficult, but I need not elaborate … Continue reading Dust & Ashes

The Palm Tree

It was Transfiguration Sunday, the last Sunday after Epiphany and before the beginning of Lent. I had just been ordained as a deacon, and we were planning to have a burning of palms on Shrove Tuesday (just two days away) but I didn’t have any palms yet. There is no shortage of palm trees in … Continue reading The Palm Tree

Eli the Sinner

This is a reflection on the first four chapters of the First Book of Samuel. There was a man named Eli. He’ll become relevant shortly… There was a man named Elkanah. Elkanah had two wives. One was named Hannah, the other Peninnah. And the scripture says, “Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.” Elkanah … Continue reading Eli the Sinner

Identity

One of the most significant aspects of life is discovering your own identity. As a child, one learns to imitate the behavior of others, and to obey instructions. In adolescence, one begins exploring what it will be like to become an adult by testing boundaries and seeking out contrasting role models. Some may write it … Continue reading Identity

Good Friday

Jesus knew what awaited him that night. If you remember from the story of the Last Supper, Jesus instructs them one final time that they must follow a new commandment, to love one another. Before they left the table, the story tells us he sang a hymn with his disciples. Although we can’t be certain, … Continue reading Good Friday