church, Scripture, spiritual, theological

Foot Washing for the 21st Century

This Holy Week (specifically Maundy Thursday) reflection was originally posted on the blog of Church of the Incarnation. I don't think I ever posted it here, so here it is! It was Holy Week 2014 and I was hungry. I had decided to fast on Good Friday from the time I woke up until I… Continue reading Foot Washing for the 21st Century

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Scripture, spiritual, theological

Jesus, Tired Out

If you're a lectionary user, you know this morning's gospel lesson (about Jesus and the woman at the well) was a particularly long, rich passage. There's much that could be said about this story as it unfolds -- but my spirit barely made it past the second verse. "Jesus came to a Samaritan city called… Continue reading Jesus, Tired Out

mental health & wellness, Scripture, spiritual, theological

Finding Freedom From Shame

This was originally posted on the blog of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. A therapist once pointedly suggested that I was experiencing shame. I promptly suggested she was wrong. Shame is for people who’ve done egregiously terrible things, I thought (which is kind of all of us, I now realize, “for all have sinned and fall short… Continue reading Finding Freedom From Shame

church, ministry, spiritual, theological

Sacrament at the Soul of Me

I grew up at a Baptist church receiving Communion seemingly whenever the senior pastor felt like offering it, which probably amounted to once a quarter. Ushers would pass heavy silver trays up and down the pews -- a tray of wafers followed by a tray of little, thimble-sized plastic cups of grape juice. It seemed… Continue reading Sacrament at the Soul of Me

church, spiritual, theological

First Things First

I am not a morning person. I would love to stay in bed as long as possible, keep to myself as much as possible. I imagine most of us would. But, lately, I have been attempting the practice of attending morning prayer at my church, a practice that I was first introduced to while participating… Continue reading First Things First