“Last Minute Banquet”

delicious, delicious parables: If the stuff that is in the Bible isn't true, if it doesn't work today and if Jesus didn't really mean what he said - I'm not interested in any of it. Thanks, but you can keep your rituals and your moral teaching. However, I believe what's in the Bible is true, it does work today and Jesus really meant what he said. And I build my life on that belief.Jesus tells a story about a rich man who invites guests to a dinner. They all politely decline with various … [Read more...]

For those who want to start their Christmas shopping

why not some bath & body stuff from Thistle Farms? Welcome to Magdalene/Thistle Farms. We are glad you've come to visit.Founded in 1997 by Becca Stevens, an Episcopal priest on Vanderbilt's campus, Magdalene is a residential program for women who have survived lives of prostitution, trafficking, addiction and life on the streets. Thistle Farms is our social enterprise. more (or skip to the shopping!) … [Read more...]

From today’s readings

for All Souls Day:The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God,and no torment shall touch them. They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead; and their passing away was thought an affliction and their going forth from us, utter destruction. But they are in peace. For if to others, indeed, they seem punished, yet is their hope full of immortality; Chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed, because God tried themand found them worthy of himself. As gold in … [Read more...]

“To come first for someone”

Another post about questions I got on my speaking tour. One man asked about something a gay friend of his had said, which really resonated with him. I can't remember, unfortunately, if the friend was citing this as a reason to reject celibacy and seek out a gay relationship, or if he was just saying that this longing makes celibacy especially painful, but he said, "I just want to come first for somebody!"There are a lot of pieces to this emotion. To be always the one who watches the love … [Read more...]

From Denise Levertov, “To Live in the Mercy of God”

Such passion— rage or joy?                               Thus, not mild, not temperate, God’s love for the world. Vast flood of mercy                       flung on resistance. … [Read more...]

Confirming all my suspicions: Oscar Wilde edition

The less you care about the Crucifixion, the less I will gain from your reading of Wilde's writing. Period, comma. (Provoked by this book, which is his dissertation I think and therefore much is forgivable, but also Camille Paglia.) … [Read more...]

“A Child’s Garden of Sacrifice”

You should be reading your kids Oscar Wilde. … [Read more...]