King David gets owned by Nathan. The Word should slay us too…
Last morning hike and reflection on an incredible week at Ghost Ranch with the Seminary of the Wild
Miles Davis, jazz improv, and the limits to freedom we willingly take on in Christ to prevent our living from sounding like mere noodling…or just going through the changes…
Elijah heard a little somethin’…or maybe nothing at all. We can always hear the same.
stories from the front where the couple stands; where the casket sits
So much has changed about how we should do business. All is far from lost, but we are going to need to adapt…
Reflecting on the state of our institution(s) and how to move ahead
The Temple doesn’t work the way it used to. That is really sad. But we have remodeled before…
reflecting on Palm Sunday’s Irony, our own duplicity, Jesus cursing the religious institution, and a chance to finally be honest about where we fit in.
Why We Don’t Read
The wor(l)d’s safer
with no wor(l)ds on paper.
Buoyed by my newly light self
the density of daily life
seems a poor reading of what is.
Weighted by the shame of expense
I greet the maid and feel
worse still about my white and weight.
What heavy problems could I really have?
Itinerary and passport, map reading, cash.
I glimpse your trailing orange bauble
it is sunrise and sunset both
silent beacon flashes, beckons,
out beyond where
I daily swim.
A bracket of 64 gets argued down to one winner! (sort of)
The conclusion of lunch wide-open talk about failing, dying, and keeping your job
Lunch reflections with the gang #clergyfails
Ministry and gender – resurrection and pastorate both
Up on a deck overlooking a river in Idaho with a Music Teacher/theologian/philosopher
the conclusion of a lunch conversation with 5 clergy in Littleton
a conversation continues with new friends around table…they all happen to be pastors…
Reflections on a great Book, that became a movie, that gets quoted in a famous TV show, that blew my little mind.
Sundays story of the 10 Commandments, housed in Richard Rohr’s wisdom of needing a goad to kick against…
In our concluding paragraphs the stories turn to death, and the prophetic urgency laid upon all of us to address it ahead of time
Conversation with Norm asks “what is different between spirituality and religion?”Also, ridiculousness
Part two and we get talking about Boundaries in chaplaincy and in the parish
The head of Spiritual Services for a city hospital talks to me about chaplaincy. I know him well…
comments on the Great Crossing, our following or leading, and our part both in Liberation as well as Captivity
The conclusion of my conversation with Mark, about conversion, daughters, love, and of course another Whitworth story:
Part two of our conversation in Eugene OR about family and faith.
Some alternatives to God’s blood thirsty reputation in traditional understanding. Including Reformed thought from the 1500s
Sunday’s Exodus account of the Passover and its ties to the Crucifixion. AND an entirely different way to think about it all…
Meditation on the first Moses, who set the example for the Second we follow. And the most unsuspected teaching on Resurrection you will hear all year…
Our fall journey begins with two women who say no.
What goes up, optimistic:
must come down…
That’s a long title for some fun romping around on a 50th Anniversary
SIDE A: The concept, and what the Trinity has to do with it:
SIDE B: The personalities, and what we might have to do with it:
SIDE C: finishing up with the The Best Song From the Most Influential Album of All Time by the Best Band of All time: