Cast Out

Sunday, February 26th. The first Sunday of lent. A very literal translation of Mark 1:12-13, part of today's gospel text: "And immediately the Spirit cast him out into the wilderness. And he was in the wilderness...

Our ancient foe

Today is the third day of Lent. In the religious world of my upbringing, Satan was understood to be a real being. If you could get coordinates and had the ability to travel through space...

All these mindful things

Today is the second day of Lent. I sat alone a few rows from the front last night at Saint Francis with ashes on my forehead, still uncertain of what this year's lenten discipline would...

Maundy Thursday

Thursday, April 5th. Maundy Thursday. My first ever Maundy Thursday service. I am fifty years old, but I am young at heart and ready to experience all things new. Saint Luke's, how your beauty has broken...

Bad Worship was Bad but Surprisingly Good

Tuesday, March 13th. The 21st day of Lent. A few weeks ago I slipped into a worship service on a weeknight at a church that is not one I frequent. I thought it was going...

parenting as art

Friday, March 2nd. The 10th day of Lent. you do your best you do what seems right in your gut often maybe even mostly you dont know why you do what you do and somehow in the delightful mix of...

Back to the Body: The final word

Thursday, March 8th. The 16th day of Lent. I think I'll wrap up the Back to the Body series tonight. I've learned a few lessons over the last 10 months. Here they are. At the...

Hamstring and writing update

Tuesday, April 3rd. The 42nd day of Lent. First the Hamstring. For those who didn't read my previous post, after almost a year of vigorous exercise and dieting, I was feeling pretty good about myself and...

A life of service

Today is the fifth day of Lent. The following is an account of a dream I had on Saturday night, March 8th. It was the night before my first sermon in four years. Any comment...

Our Verger

Thursday, March 22nd. The 30th day of Lent. The first Sunday I was at Saint Luke's, I paid attention to all the people processing up and down the aisles. Episcopalians are big on procession. The...