Messy Church for Advent/Christmas/Epiphany

First of all, a confession. I know Messy Church is a movement of churches doing wonderful work developing family friendly worship experiences. Our small congregation has few families with little kids, but I still find the idea of interactive, intergenerational worship with a focus on arts & faith to be a powerful one worth exploring.…

Provocateurs of Love

Sometimes, to borrow the words of William Wordsworth, the world is too much with us, isn’t it? In an instant tragedy strikes. The evil that humankind is capable of shakes us to our core. Our sense of security is undermined; our hopes shattered. And as we put pieces back together, our narratives of the ways things are must be rewritten.

Listening for a Change

My preaching art journal entry takes its inspiration from correspondence between the church fathers, Jerome and Augustine. Their disagreements had taken a bitter turn and Jerome pens a plea for a truce between the two, suggesting the two “play together harmlessly in the fields of the Scriptures,” Augustine writes back: “as for me, I prefer to…

worship pieces for trinity sunday year b

Oh, Trinity Sunday, how difficult you make it for poor preachers! This year I steered clear of doctrinal sermons, saving the trinitarian language for prayers and responses. The Isaiah passage always intrigues me, with its otherworldly imagery and perplexing commands. My preaching art journal pages began with the strange 6-winged figures of the seraphim, but the…