The Year of Mercy logo ROCKS! Here’s why it’s okay to say so.

Although some of my fellow Patheos writers might disagree with me… I really love the new logo for the Year of Mercy. I think it’s a great image and one that I would proudly display over most church-related logos. Here are 10 reasons why. I love the icon style This picture is based off the traditional style of byzantine iconography. I have written about my love of this style many times before (Exhibit a). It’s a style that is designed… Read more

Let’s bring an end to the use of Confirmation as a Kind of “Graduation”

Earlier this month Bishop Larry Silva of Honolulu made waves by instructing his diocese that they are to begin efforts toward restoring the sacraments of initiation to their “proper order:” Baptism, Confirmation, and then First Holy Communion. As a liturgical theologian I applaud the change. It makes much more sense both historically and theologically to present the sacraments in this order. In the waters of baptism, a person is united to the life of God in Christ. Under the oil… Read more

Blessed Saints of Armenia, Pray for us.

Today we the 100 year memorial of the beginning of the Armenian Genocide. It has been a time of profound reflection for me as I have reflected on the tragic history of the Christian community in Armenia. This community of faith was among the first to put their faith in Jesus, and were also among the first to suffer persecution for their faith. This trend has, unfortunately, continued. Christians in this area have suffered at the hands of many. They… Read more

Today Only: You won’t believe what we’re doing!

As some of you may have heard, I am in the process of turning an old auto/electric shop into a Café and Tap house.  It’s an incredible project (in my unbiased opinion). We will be serving high quality local beer and coffee at the highest level (something I have a great deal of passion about (exhibit a, exhibit b). All of what we will be doing will be oriented toward bringing people together and helping address the issue of hunger in… Read more

Prayer Request: The 17 Sustainable Development Goals

This week, the United Nations is deliberating in New York how to implement the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that it will launch formally in September. These decision will impact how the world helps those in need. In the past sometimes our efforts to help have been poorly managed. Food aid can wind up destabilizing a local economy, or can cause create a culture of dependence rather than fostering entrepreneurial opportunities. I encourage you to pay attention to how these… Read more

My Journey to Workplace Faithfulness

As a layperson in the church, learning how to be faithful in my work is something that is close to my heart. I have worked in a lot of contexts and have often struggled to balance how my faith related to my work. Back when I was a first entering the workforce the main model of faith at work I used was evangelization and the main method I used was exhibition. I showed my faith by displaying my faith. I wore Christian… Read more

Fighting Hunger 50K at a time

Hey friends, I just wanted to share with you a project I’m starting. I have been blessed to share my life with many of you digitally so I wanted to share a bit of a project that I am doing IRL that I am very excited about. It’s a cafe and taphouse 501c3 which is helping to end hunger in the world. We just posted a video about it here. Cultivate Coffee & Tap House from Cultivate on Vimeo. We… Read more

Books are the windows through which the soul looks out. A home without books is like a room without windows

A great quote by Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1888), on books. I though some of you might appreciate it. “Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house. The plainest row of books that cloth or paper ever covered is more significant of refinement than the most elaborately carved étagére or sideboard. Books are the windows through which the soul looks out. A home without books is like a room without windows. No… Read more

Entering the Triduum with open hands and open hearts

Tonight we begin the Triduum. Tonight we gather together in remembrance of Christ. Tonight we celebrate the institution of the Paschal Meal and join in the Supper of the Lamb. This meal is what the Church has called the “the source and summit of the Christian life” (c.f. Lumen Gentium, 11), so it is important to reflect on what it means. Our readings today help root the meal in its context within the Hebrew Bible, the Passover meal. In this… Read more

Pope Francis meets homeless on private visit to Sistine Chapel

I’m not sure if you saw this but I thought it was really cool. The Pope recently met with the some of the homeless population in his diocese during a private tour of the Sistine Chapel, set up for them. If only we had more bishops take this approach in the world. It’s gotten me to start thinking, what would it look like in my community if we started to think creatively like this about ways to love and serve… Read more

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