For 30 Pieces of Silver, and a Piece of Chocolate Cake

And Jesus gathered his disciples, those he loved best. A fresh loaf of bread on the table between them, like a thousand times before. He broke it and saideverything is about to change, so I'm going to give you something.This bread--this is the bread of life. A living sacrifice of simple grace. As often as you are hungry, remember me. Remember my words as the thing that gives you life; remember my compassion, walk in the ways of grace and peace, and I will be with you.Then he poured … [Read more...]

Not Our Own People: What We’re Missing About The (Latest) Sean Spicer Gaffe

For the love, America. Can we not keep it together for A MINUTE? Me and my people have stuff to do this week.I'll be quick. When Sean Spicer said, out loud and on real tv, that Hitler never used chemical weapons, that was bad. Deplorable. Inexcusably ignorant, tone-deaf, and revealing the depths of this administration's ignorance in regards to history. And diplomacy. And the history of diplomacy.He was wrong, and he apologized. Which is, whatever, I guess better than nothing? But we seem … [Read more...]

The Stories We Tell Ourselves: Holy Week Clergy Burnout

There's this story we clergy tell religiously around this time every year.Not the thing about the Last Supper. Not the cross, and the empty tomb. I mean, those are good too, but we have this other one that is really our favorite. It's this story about how BUSY we are; how long the list of details, how impossible the expectations, and how exhausted we are just thinking about it.Stop me if you've heard it.Where did we learn that story? I believed for a long time that it was in one of … [Read more...]

Finished and Forsaken: 7 Last Words in Verse

Our Good Friday service at Saint Andrew this year is all music and poetry--reflections on the Seven Last Words of Christ, in spoken verse and song. Below are the poetic reflections written by members of our church family. I'm also providing links to the songs that accompany each word, if you'd like a feel for the whole experience. Spoiler alert: If you're coming to church tonight, this is the whole service. So if you want a few surprises, skip reading this. For everyone else--a blessed Friday to … [Read more...]

Go Prepare a Place: Holy Week and Political Trans-Shaming

If you haven't been following the Kansas politiscape, then you're welcome. It is a mind-melting, heartbreaking and head-banging-into-the-wall kind of situation, and if you live in another state at the moment, you can thank a Kansan for sparing you the disgusting details of our life right now. The short version is, that this self-proclaimed experiment in Tea Party trickle-down economics is absolutely imploding on itself, but nobody knows how to put the breaks on it without admitting it was a … [Read more...]

The World is Our Home: Terrorism, Holy Week, and Other Things We’d Like to Forget

If you know anything about personality typing, then I can tell you I'm an ENFP, and a 7...and you'll know that, among other things, I'm an escape artist.On a good day, that means I'm a day dreamer. In healthy expressions and moderate measures, I'm imaginative, creative, a visionary; I can see past the pain or discomfort of a present moment into a more hopeful future.In my dysfunctional moments, it means I bail out out of the present when it gets uncomfortable. In times of stress or … [Read more...]

Here is Your Son, Here is Your Mother

"Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home." --John 19:25-27Friday is usually full of good things. Cook-outs and road trips; family game night or movie night; the beginning of Sabbath; baseball, yard work, a … [Read more...]

Resurrection Matters: The Holy Unknowing

The insistence on a literal, physical, bodily resurrection is killing the conservative Church.The denial of a literal, physical, bodily resurrection is killing the progressive Church.Yeah, it’s a pickle.The Bible says Jesus died, rose again, and ascended to heaven. All tensions within the Body of Christ can be reduced to this one question:  Did he or didn’t he?That may not be the only question that divides people of faith. But most bones of biblical and ideological contention s … [Read more...]

Holy Week Survival Guide: 10 Life Hacks for Clergy

Deep breath. Inward Ommmmmmmmmmmm. It is Holy Week! Lace up your sprinting shoes, get ready to stress eat and drink way too much coffee, and tell your family that you will see them next Monday. No wait—Monday, you hibernate. Tuesday, for sure!  You will be down for breakfast on Tuesday. Or at least lunch… Something about that pattern seems not-so-holy, though. Sure, it’s going to be busy. You will need caffeine and adrenaline and the Holy Spirit to power through. And yet… we clergy types often w … [Read more...]