Following the Spirit of Truth in an Age of Distrust

Today it feels harder than ever to wrap our minds around “the truth.” With the constant barrage of “alternative facts,” claims of “fake news,” and a seemingly endless feed of Twitter and Facebook bots filling our screens with misleading claims about both politics and pandemics, its hard to decipher what is true and what isContinue reading “Following the Spirit of Truth in an Age of Distrust”

Death Is Sweeter Than Miss, It Is Longer Than Gone

The annual celebration of Mother’s Day always brings the experience of death close to my heart. My mother died on November 18, 2008, when I was 20 years old, and I did everything in my power to not feel the pain of her death.  I had developed brilliant coping mechanisms in order to do that,Continue reading “Death Is Sweeter Than Miss, It Is Longer Than Gone”

Death Still Has Power, But Not As A Tool for Oppression

Last week we began exploring what it means in this Easter season, in a world filled with death and its painful fallout on all sides, to say that Jesus “took away the sting of death.” The phrase “the sting of death” comes from Paul at the end of his first letter to the church inContinue reading “Death Still Has Power, But Not As A Tool for Oppression”

Easter Came, and Everything Still Hurts

Did you celebrate Easter last week? I gathered with my church community via live-stream to celebrate Jesus’ “victory over death” (Book of Common Prayer, pg. 285) and how his resurrection “took away the sting of death” (Book of Common Prayer, pg. 504). And today, 2,000 more people are going to die from the coronavirus alone,Continue reading “Easter Came, and Everything Still Hurts”

The Divine Dance of Hope and Suffering

The tag line for this blog is “a theology of hope and suffering,” a constant tension that we find weaving its way through scripture, in every episode of hurt and healing, challenge and triumph, death and resurrection. One of these episodes, where we see Jesus stand firmly in this divine tension, is the familiar storyContinue reading “The Divine Dance of Hope and Suffering”

“Stay at Home”: Finding Our Deepest Connection, Beyond Physical Proximity

Last night California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a statewide mandate that people stay at home until further notice in a continued attempt to limit the spread of the coronavirus over the next weeks and months. As of this morning, the governors of Illinois and New York have issued similar mandates, with potentially more to come.Continue reading ““Stay at Home”: Finding Our Deepest Connection, Beyond Physical Proximity”

A Vision from the Mountaintop: Fulfilling the Dreams of Moses and Martin Luther King, Jr.

One of the most powerful and mysterious stories from the Gospels is that of Jesus’ transfiguration on the mountaintop before three of his disciple; Pete, James, and John. In this story, Jesus leads his three followers up on a mountain and before their eyes his clothes become dazzling white and his face shines and suddenly,Continue reading “A Vision from the Mountaintop: Fulfilling the Dreams of Moses and Martin Luther King, Jr.”

Lifting Up The Sin of the World: The Nonviolent Protest of Jesus and Martin Luther King, Jr.

In the beginning of John’s gospel, in one of the only stories detailing the verbal interactions between John the Baptist and Jesus, John gives voice not only to his belief about the identity of Jesus, but what Jesus had come into the world to accomplish. John, seeing Jesus walk by for the first time sinceContinue reading “Lifting Up The Sin of the World: The Nonviolent Protest of Jesus and Martin Luther King, Jr.”

The Lies We’ve Been Told: Darkness is Bad and Christmas is About Being Happy

A Reflection on the first chapter of John’s Gospel The Divine Blueprint We’ve spent the last five weeks leading up to Christmas, including all four Sundays in the season of Advent and Christmas Eve, anticipating the birth of Jesus, the coming of a savior into the world, the arrival of a particular person in aContinue reading “The Lies We’ve Been Told: Darkness is Bad and Christmas is About Being Happy”