December 15, 2017

Every morning is a little Lent

Every morning is a little Lent Lent I The picture above is the second in a series of photos that I am using to focus my Lenten meditations this year. Click on it to see the full size image. I took this picture last spring in Oneida, Kentucky, Michael Spencer’s home, early on a Sunday morning as […]

Lent I: Richard Rohr on Learning How to Love

Lent I Richard Rohr on Learning How to Love During Lent, on Sundays I’d like to share some things I’ve been learning from Richard Rohr. Rohr is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fr. Richard’s teaching is grounded in “Franciscan alternative orthodoxy,” which […]

Another Look: All Fall Down – The Wilderness Within

Broken lines, broken strings Broken threads, broken springs Broken idols, broken heads People sleepin’ in broken beds Ain’t no use jivin’, ain’t no use jokin’ Everything is broken… • Bob Dylan • • • We must first learn that the wilderness is within us. Though we dwell in dry and discouraging places, the barren land […]

Beginning our walk across Lenten fields

Beginning our walk across Lenten fields For Ash Wednesday The picture above is the first in a series of photos that I will use to focus my Lenten meditations this year. Click on it to see the full size image. I took this in the early morning at Gethsemani Abbey, Bardstown, KY, in March of 2014. I […]

Epiphany V: An Introduction to Lent by Mark D. Roberts

A reader wrote this week and asked for basic information about Ash Wednesday and the Lenten season. I couldn’t think of a better introduction than this piece by Mark D. Roberts, who blogs at Patheos. • • • How Lent Can Make a Difference in Your Relationship with God by Rev. Dr. Mark D. Roberts […]

Merton on Humility

Lord, You have taught us to love humility, but we have not learned. We have learned only to love the outward surface of it — the humility that makes a person charming and attractive. We sometimes pause to think about these qualities, and we often pretend that we possess them, and that we have gained […]

A Strange and Awesome Conclave

A Strange and Awesome Conclave Inside the kingdom of night I witnessed a strange trial. Three rabbis, all erudite and pious men, decided one winter evening to indict God for having allowed his children to be massacred. An awesome conclave, particularly in view of the fact that it was held in a concentration camp. But what […]

Alms, not Tithes

I have never heard an evangelical sermon on almsgiving. Despite countless texts in the Hebrew Bible about generosity toward the poor, the example of the first Christians, and a long tradition of the practice, especially during Lent, I have rarely heard the word mentioned in my adult life as a Christian. “Tithes and offerings,” yes of […]

Mud season and me

These are the ugly days. Before the new season springs forth in delicate color and texture, the world looks like a frat house the day after. The grass is patchy, brown and nubby, and with every step comes the possibility your sneaker treads will lose the battle with God’s good mud. Whatever snow remains crouches […]

Music Monday: Top Songs for Lent

One of the best resources on the web for pastors, church musicians, and worship leaders is the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. In their Resource Library, I found a page on which four church leaders listed their top ten songs for the Lenten season. You can go to the site and read more about each […]