June 28, 2016

Sundays in Easter with Henri Nouwen: May 8, 2016

Sundays in Easter with Henri Nouwen On the Eucharistic Life This is the final Sunday in Eastertide and next Sunday we mark Pentecost. During this season we are contemplating words from Henri Nouwen on the eucharistic life. Our main source is his book, With Burning Hearts: A Meditation on the Eucharistic Life. • • • Today, we consider two […]

Sundays in Easter with Henri Nouwen: May 1, 2016

Sundays in Easter with Henri Nouwen On the Eucharistic Life On the remaining Sundays in Eastertide, we are contemplating some words from Henri Nouwen on the eucharistic life. Our main source will be his book, With Burning Hearts: A Meditation on the Eucharistic Life. • • • Today, Nouwen focuses his attention on the part of the Emmaus […]

Sundays in Easter with Henri Nouwen: April 24, 2016

Sundays in Easter with Henri Nouwen On the Eucharistic Life On the remaining Sundays in Eastertide, we are contemplating some words from Henri Nouwen on the eucharistic life. Our main source will be his book, With Burning Hearts: A Meditation on the Eucharistic Life. • • • As we watch the disciples walking to Emmaus, their shoulders slumped, […]

Sundays in Easter with Henri Nouwen: April 17, 2016

Sundays in Easter with Henri Nouwen On the Eucharistic Life On the remaining Sundays in Eastertide, we will provide some brief readings from Henri Nouwen on the eucharistic life. Our main source will be Nouwen’s book, With Burning Hearts: A Meditation on the Eucharistic Life. In the book’s introduction, Henri Nouwen tells why he wrote […]

Church Changes

I have found myself in an interesting position lately. I’ve been preaching at a small, rural Lutheran church about fifteen miles from my home. It is a sweet, traditional congregation, a church that was founded in 1838. For some time now, they have had a semi-retired pastor serving them. They are too small to support […]

Epiphany IV: God, everywhere present, filling all things

Epiphany IV God, everywhere present, filling all things Today, words from Fr. Stephen Freeman on the “one-storey universe.” That is, he is talking, from an Orthodox perspective, about the sacramental nature of reality. As the Apostle Paul said in Athens: The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of […]

Epiphany I: Our baptism is always with us

Epiphany I Our baptism is always with us One of the key themes of recent liturgical renewal is the insight that baptism is the root and foundation of the Christian life. In our baptism, we are united to Christ in his death and resurrection (Rom. 6). The Christian life is an ongoing experience of the […]

Sacramental from the beginning

…the mysterious character of all created reality lies in its sacramental nature. • Hans Boersma • • • Many of us have grounded our theology concerning the sacramental nature of life in this world in the Incarnation, when God took on flesh and walked among us in Jesus Christ. The Infinite clothed himself in the finite, and gave […]

“We keep returning to its rich waters thirsty”

I was baptized as an infant in 1958. My sainted grandmother gave me some books then and in my preschool years about Jesus, heaven, and the twelve disciples. A while back, when my parents moved, my mother found those books and gave them to me again. I remember looking through them with fascination when I was […]

High-Church vs. Low-Church Sacramentalism

UPDATE: It occurred to me that I ought to clarify something. Below I call myself “unordained.” That is in terms of my denomination only. I am ordained, but not by the ELCA, and they do not recognize the form of my ordination as acceptable for rostered ministry within the denomination. • • • I have […]