Journal

SOUNDINGS – Contemplation or Action? Yes!

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have a lot to do!  Most people I know really want to make a difference in the world and make it a better place for more people.   Many of us struggle to pray more and be with God more deeply as the deepest way we respond to the...
A Practical Guide to “Making a Good Lent”

A Practical Guide to “Making a Good Lent”

Friends, we are well into our season of Lent. I have come to see this season as an invitation by Christ to lean in to be in him and with him in union with the Father, through the strength of the Holy Spirit. The idea of Lent and its practices have developed over many...

Tell Me the Story Again, Please

Bedtime stories. Epic ballads. Campfire tales. They are the stories that never grow old, that fade in one form only to emerge again arrayed with different adjectives, a different detail or two, but recognizable to anyone.  When we were very young, my older brother and...

For Lent: East and West VS. North and South

I love Lent.  Somehow it gives me the opportunity again to honestly own what I deeply know––I am a sinner, and sin.  In the words of the confession from the 1559 Book of Common Prayer (see below) which we sometimes still say, “There is no health in us”.  Lent reminds...
Transforming Love and Lent

Transforming Love and Lent

Lent is a sweet anticipated season for me.  Each year, I remember the image of coming home to the warm embrace of the Prodigal Father, eagerly awaiting my return. Dallas Willard describes repentance, central to the season of Lent, as a time to reconsider a strategy...

SOUNDINGS – What Then Shall We Do?

This past week I was pleased and privileged again to attend the Matthew 25 Gathering, where folks from the Anglican Church of North America gather to encourage each other in the ways that God has called us to work for the Kingdom, and work for justice with mercy. ...

Towards Racial Healing in America

Brothers and sisters, we are ALL pained by the ongoing and exacerbated tensions around race in our moment.  And I know if you’re reading this, you want to be part of the healing and part of the reconciliation.   To help us do this, me and quite a few dear friends are...
Why Walk? (El Camino 2019!)

Why Walk? (El Camino 2019!)

It is true that nowadays there are many faster ways to travel 100 kilometers or 62 miles than walking.  And yet, the Camino de Santiago de Compostela is more popular than ever.  While the major motion picture helped, there is a growing trend towards spiritual...

SOUNDINGS: Two Realities and One Response

When I was growing up, there was a funny little toy called Stretch Armstrong.  Made of soft rubber and dressed only in tiny blue wrestler’s shorts with blond hair painted on, there was really only one thing you could do with him: stretch his arms as far apart as they...