28 Sep

Seasons of the Spirit

I love autumn.  It is my favorite season.  I love the changing leaves, the crispness in the air, savoring the first pot of chili, SEC football, mums on the porch, and all things pumpkin.  I love the return to routine, the feel of soft, well-worn...

22 Sep

Deepening Your Experience of Communion

Part of living out your faith with your children is equipping them to take communion with you. On Sunday we are offering  a parent/child communion class for kids and their parents. But we also pray that their instruction does not end there. We all need reminders of...

21 Sep

Dismantling our Idols

What is the first thing you think of when you hear the word, “idol?”  A small statue of an animal or other object used for worship?  Or perhaps a famous person who is greatly admired comes to mind—a teen heartthrob or movie star.  Before the...

15 Sep

Practicing Community

“What is the best thing about being part of a religious order?” a monk was once asked.  “Community,” he replied.  “Living with my brothers.”  “And what is the hardest thing about being part of the order?” asked the questioner.  “Community,” the monk replied.  “Living with...

07 Sep

Changing Seasons….Spiritually

Not infrequently in my faith journey, I find that I am in need of a “traveling companion.”  A couple of weeks ago I began reading Mark Buchanan’s book, Spiritual Rhythm, and it is proving to be a perfect “friend for the road.”  In the book,...

30 Aug

A Faithful Response to Disaster

The images have been horrifying and unforgettable. Streets turned to rivers. People clinging to the tops of cars or houses. The rain and wind unrelenting. And there have been other images as well, also unforgettable, but these gladden the heart: people using anything that will...

25 Aug

Radical Love: The Path to Healing

Today marks the one year anniversary of the tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia. We are re-posting this piece, written last August, as Christ's call to radical love,alongside conversations about racism and injustice, continue to ring true and remain urgent. Together we can do better, striving as...

18 Aug

Helping, Fixing, or Serving?

My church recently experienced three instances of people asking for money—all on the same Sunday. Two people came into the building, one during worship and one after worship, and one person stood outside the church, seeking money from parishioners as they left.   Our experiences that...

15 Aug

Statement on Charlottesville

Saturday was a horrific, tragic day in the annals of the United States of America. Peaceful protestors were confronted with violence. A young woman lost her life simply for daring to say no to racism. A hate group gathered to spread its toxic message and...

11 Aug

Your Spiritual…Type

Spirituality is intensely personal. Well, “ duh.” Of course it is, you might be thinking. What we often fail to consider, however, is that while the personal nature of faith is rather obvious, the implications are not. Educators have long made us aware that learning...