How You Can Prep for Pentecost

How You Can Prep for Pentecost

This was originally posted on May 12, 2016 on https://huffpost.com Pentecost Came Like Wildfire I’m lying on an ice pack early this morning, doing my back exercises and listening to Pray as You Go, a tool for meditation, with monastery bells, music, and a Bible...
Presence and Silence

Presence and Silence

This was originally posted on May 5, 2021 on https://www.unhurriedliving.com/. A Practice of Silent Prayer Recently, I’ve restarted my daily practice of silent prayer. Like many who try this practice, I feel an immense amount of resistance arising within me against my...
How Canonicity and Love Go Together

How Canonicity and Love Go Together

Love Loving the Word of God is a great pursuit, but it’s not always easy. Like most love relationships, there are inevitable highs and lows. And as teachers of the Bible, many of us walk a delicate balance between scouring and savoring the Scriptures. We carefully...
Preaching on Proverbs

Preaching on Proverbs

How Will We Preach and Teach from Proverbs? Reading, let alone preaching, from The Book of Proverbs comes with its challenges. Sometimes those sayings can seem just plain obvious and not much help in making real life change. John Goldingay’s new commentary reminds us...
Four Years Later: Reflecting on Pandemic Ministry

Four Years Later: Reflecting on Pandemic Ministry

Lessons Learned in Quarantine and Beyond Do you remember that first Sunday when you stayed cloistered in your home with the immediate family, when you exchanged your dapper church clothes for a pair of pajamas and made pancakes in the pan instead of preaching from the...
Holy Saturday | John 19:38-42 | Stopping to Mourn

Holy Saturday | John 19:38-42 | Stopping to Mourn

Reflection It is striking that after Jesus’ death there are no close companions left to claim his body. All his public followers scattered. Only a secret follower, Joseph of Arimathea, accompanied by Nicodemus, both members of the Sanhedrin, requests his body for...
Good Friday | Psalm 22 | Forsaken and Alone

Good Friday | Psalm 22 | Forsaken and Alone

Reflection The television series Alone follows ten individuals who are left to fend for themselves and by themselves in the wilderness. Now, these aren’t everyday individuals plucked from Main Street, USA or Times Square. They are survivalists, hunters, and trappers,...