I Will Wait

As we get ready to head out on the HFMA12 (also known as: vacation), this lovely video teaser of the new Mumford & Sons album arrived. I’ve been a big fan of Mumford’s since they burst on the scene here in the US, and their debut album Sigh No More is in heavy rotation as … Continue reading

Christmas Traffic (Advent poetry)

I came across this poem today in getting ready for Sunday. I appreciate the juxtaposition offered here, as might many of you space geeks that find yourself in faith communities preparing for Christmas. Three, two, one, liftoff Signals Mission Control. And off they go To the dark parts of the planets In their pressurised spacesuits, … Continue reading

Wordplay: Bible in 90 – Day 75

As we arrive in John’s Gospel account, again the lectionary and our reading plans cross paths: the story of Nicodemus’ visit to Jesus in chapter 3 is a reading for this Sunday. Nicodemus seems to have the same problem we do: what is Jesus talking about? The Greek word anothen carries a double meaning: “from … Continue reading

Bible in 90 – Day 68: Fear and Confidence

Before I begin: I’m joining Juan Huertas in his effort to blog his way through the Bible in 90 days, though I’m only doing the New Testament portion! So I’m following his scheme, which means today is Day 68, which includes the Gospel according to St Matthew, chapters 1-4. For the next 32 days, we’ll … Continue reading

Reframing Hope: A Review

Reframing Hope: Vital Ministry in a New Generation by Carol Howard Merritt (Herndon, VA: Alban Institute, 2010). 147 pp, $17.00. Reframing Hope is a delightful short work by Carol Howard Merritt, a Presbyterian pastor in Washington, D.C. and author of Tribal Church: Ministering to the Missing Generation. In this new book, Carol curates a hopeful … Continue reading

Now Lifestreaming at…

For those of you who might be interested, I recently joined Posterous and have been putting some things over there. They do a great job with images & videos, and I’ve also been posting quotes, poetry, links, and other items that might not fit quite so well on this blog. Go check it out at … Continue reading

Others Think About Greenhouses

I’m not the only one who’s been thinking about Discipleship Greenhouses recently. The Fund for Theological Education’s most recent newsletter features this reflection on young people’s call to “Greenhouses of Hope”… We know congregations where young people’s gifts are not stored in the basement, but brought forth and celebrated as whiffs of fresh air. If … Continue reading

For he is holy that has magnified me

This evening, Christie and I went to Lincoln Cathedral for choral evensong. The evening prayer office features the choir singing the Magnificat. This song or canticle, from Luke 1:46-55, is a powerful song of faith sung by Mary as she meditates on the news that she is to be the mother of the Christ. As … Continue reading