St. Nicholas and a Season for Sledgehammers

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I’m considering a war on Christmas.  Not because I don’t enjoy Christmas trees and gifts and the time spent with family, not because I’m against a religious holiday playing large on a national scale.  I’m increasingly against Christmas because I love it–this is a sort of kill it to save it strategy. In a recent [Read More...]

Fast Day

Today try fasting from all food or caloric drinks, but also try to fast from busyness.  A day of fasting is a day for quiet and contemplation–a kind of rest day for the body and mind.  In this time of frantic holiday life it is a good time to move into this kind of rest. [Read more...]

Sacred Single-tasking

We can’t multitask and there’s a load of research that shows that when we try to we don’t end up with great results.  And yet in our age of distraction, it is hard not to do it.  We sit down to write, our phone buzzes with a new message, we look down, we skip a [Read More...]

Banksy, Jesus, and Emergency Preparedness: The First Sunday in Advent

Over at the Ekklesia Project’s blog I have a new post reflecting on the gospel reading for this first Sunday in Advent.  Below is the start with the full text after the jump. Preparing for Disaster First Sunday of Advent, Year C (RCL) 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 Luke 21:25-36 We’ve become all too familiar with disasters [Read More...]

Prayer Walk

It’s that time of year–the busy time and we haven’t even begun Advent.  It is important that in these days of holiday rush, we remember to slow down, take stock and call Christ’s presence into the places we are.  Today, go on a prayer walk.  Walk through your neighborhood and pray over each house, the [Read More...]

Exercise: A Different Track

Last night Gail knocked on the door.  She needed a ride, end of the month, no food and there was a church that could help.  We offered her some of our food, but she said that she had some special needs and just needed a ride to the church.  So off we went, on a [Read More...]

Dear Rob Bell, the Episcopal Church Welcomes You

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Not long ago I was on a road trip, travelling winding highways that passed through endless small towns.  In many of these towns there was a sign, small but visible, with a shield, a cross, and the words: “The Episcopal Church Welcomes You.”  These signs would lead to a church with an open red door—a [Read More...]

The Election is Over and Christ is the King

Today is the last feast day of the Christian year–the Solemnity of Christ the King.  It is a fairly recent feast day, instituted in 1925 by Pope Pius XI who was worried about the increasing nationalism he saw creeping across the world.  Instead of baptizing this flag waving, Pope Pius created a feast to remind us that [Read More...]

Schedule

A year goes by before we know it.  Time flies as they say and it seems to keep on rushing.  We have to slow it down, open up space, enter into some other space where we can reflect and see what’s been happening.  Now is the time to schedule that time.  We are about to [Read More...]

A Day for Attention

Yesterday we feasted, we spent time with family, and now we rest.  If we practice the traditional Friday fast of Christians, then we rest our bodies (if you haven’t started this practice today is an excellent day to start).  But it is also a time to relax into the Thanksgivings that we celebrated yesterday which [Read More...]