Blood on my Hands

When I heard that we were receiving communion as a church staff, I was thankful.  I needed it.  I was wearied from two stressful weeks of constant ministry. Lots of counseling, lots of planning, lots of situations in which I had no idea what to do.  I was tired.  That morning, it had taken everything within me just to get out of bed.  Hearing that we would receive communion was a ray of sunshine in the midst of my darkness. We sat in a large circle and passed the elements from one person to the next.  I loved watching my friends receive communion and then offer it to their neighbor.  ”I bet there’s a sermon in here,”...

More on ‘being-in-th...

Just skip to the end of this post for the little bit about Christianity. …Or if you want more Heidegger, you can play the Heidegger version of ’2048′. Given that I don’t really have a new idea to blog about, and that my last post on April Fools’ Day namedropped numerous...

The Parable of the L...

“Suppose a woman has just received her family’s income tax refund checks, one state and the other federal, in the mail and she loses one. (She swears seeing it on the coffee table yesterday and cannot for the life of her find it today.) Won’t she and her husband turn on all of the lights...

The First World Prob...

What do people give up for Lent? Chocolate? Coffee? Alcohol? Watching TV? Facebook? Listening to The One Direction on Spotify? Does it seem that these things are all first-world items and activities? One might say: yes, but it’s about the heart/attitude, the temptation or the desire and not...

Believe! From The Le...

“It may seem like a Cat Poster, but you must believe,” is one of my favorite quotes in The Lego Movie. In a crisis moment where the protagonist, Emmet, doesn’t know what to do and feels hopeless, his mentor, Vitruvius, tells him to believe, even though it may seem like a cliche from...

If Only…

I’ve always thought of Lust as only having to do with sex. It was always held up for me as the opposite of purity, chastity, virginity. When I think about it now, I realize that this narrow definition has actually become quite a convenient for me as a 21st Century American Christian. In...

Power(less) Worship

The rain pelted the hoods of our jackets as we rushed under the shelter of the awning, standing alongside the others waiting to enter the sanctuary.  We stepped through the doors and headed towards our normal pew section (we don’t want to sit in the same pew each week, but being people...

Pancakes, Penitence,...

So, it’s Shrove Tuesday today. According to Wikipedia: The expression ‘Shrove Tuesday’ comes from the word shrive, meaning ‘confess’. … Many of these Christians, on Shrove Tuesday, make a special point of self-examination, of considering what wrongs they need to repent, and what...

Concerted Christ Con...

Stars are pretty cool. If you have ever laid out under a dark night sky to see the vibrant tapestry of the galaxy above you, you might understand how it could become someone’s captivation, one’s  ambition. Such was the case for Percival Lowell. You may have heard of him. He was born into...

Watering My Own G...

“The grass is always greener on the other side, so water your own damn lawn!” my friend told me the other day (in the most loving way, of course). As I think about this piece of wisdom and trying to find contentment in my own life, I’m grateful for the reminder to cultivate what I do...

Me, Myself, and I

I’m fortunate enough to be doing my graduate work at a small, liberal arts college in Southern California, where, in the middle of January, I get to walk to and from class in temperatures ranging from sixty-five to eighty degrees. In all honesty, if you’re running late or forget a book,...