arts & creativity, spiritual

The Spiritual Discipline of Instagram Use

“Technology proposes itself as the architect of our intimacies.” – Sherry Turkle This Fall, I'm taking a course on "Intro to Christian Spirituality" with Dr. Lauren Winner, in which we are tasked with completing the following assignment: Technology Fast: For one week this semester, fast from cell phones and Internet-based communications technologies (e.g., email, Instagram,… Continue reading The Spiritual Discipline of Instagram Use

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cultural issues, ministry, spiritual, stories

Hey. Thanks For Caring.

I've heard it said that generally what homeless people essentially long for is for someone to care about them. To look them in the eye, learn their name, and ask about their day -- that kind of thing. And I've agreed with that in theory. But today I agree with that in practice. Because today I met… Continue reading Hey. Thanks For Caring.

church, spiritual

Happy (Still) Easter

I know, I know. Easter blogs were supposed to happen a month ago. It's not that I procrastinated exactly (although maybe I did). It's just that it's still Easter. And that's fascinating to me. As I've settled into the relatively-new-to-me rhythms of the Episcopal tradition perhaps more than ever this year, I've noticed the continuation of… Continue reading Happy (Still) Easter

Scripture, theological

What in the World Is Eternal Life?

This was originally posted on the blog of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. I used to know someone who hated the song “Amazing Grace.” The first few verses were fine enough, he said, but then he would get to the last stanza -- the one about eternal life -- and freeze. When we’ve been there ten thousand… Continue reading What in the World Is Eternal Life?

ministry, Scripture, spiritual, stories

Holy Ground

Last Sunday, I heard a poignant sermon reflecting primarily on the Exodus 3 account of Moses and the burning bush, wherein the LORD tells Moses (among other things): "Do not come any closer. Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground." The preacher shared an anecdote about praying with… Continue reading Holy Ground