arts & creativity, church, spiritual, writing

Advent 2: A Sonnet

I've barely squeezed out a sonnet for the week (2 hours before the week ends, at least in my time zone). But somehow I did it! Collect for Advent 2: Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings… Continue reading Advent 2: A Sonnet

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arts & creativity, church, spiritual, writing

Advent 1: A Sonnet

I used to write poetry. A few poems in middle school, a few more in high school, and a few semesters worth (enough to get me rather burnt-out) in college. These days, I don't write poetry, although I continue to write poetically. And as of today? Apparently I write sonnets based on collects (pronounced coll-ects… Continue reading Advent 1: A Sonnet

church, ministry, Scripture

Discipleship According to Sara Bareilles

"I used to be scared of fire," I said calmly, as a thin flame danced before my face. I was serving as an acolyte maybe a month into my time at divinity school, recruited at the last minute to help with a chapel service. The kind of recruitment that starts with a simple favor (carry… Continue reading Discipleship According to Sara Bareilles

cultural issues, spiritual

Prayers of the People: A 2016 Rendition

Last summer, the Internet started asking questions like "Is 2016 the Worst Year In History?" and compiling collections like "Tweets That Perfectly Sum Up 2016 So Far." I'm not usually one to catastrophize like that. But, after this past week, I toss up my hands and say¬†yes, 2016 has lost its mind. Then, alongside the… Continue reading Prayers of the People: A 2016 Rendition

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