Week 5: Fast Yelling

Do you yell or do you stew? Do you let it out or hold it in? Whether we yell out loud or swallow it, all of us experience the same emotions of anger and frustration. One of my favorite priests growing up was the sweetest kindest man. I could never imagine him getting...

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Week 4: Fast News

I consume news every day, often multiple times a day. I grew up reading the newspaper every morning. Now I mostly get my news on the radio, on my phone, or on my laptop. Over the past few years, I have very intentionally tried to engage diverse news sites, from very...

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Week 3: Fast Complaining

Photo Credit: vestidetalno Flickr via Compfight cc Do you grumble? As I have been preparing for this week of fasting from complaining, I have been noticing how often I complain and grumble. I grumble to my wife in the morning about the cat waking me up in the night. I...

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Week 2: Fast Alcohol

Americans like to drink. When ranked against all the other countries in the world, we consume more alcohol per capita than 75% of the world. This works out to about 9 liters of alcohol consumed per American each year. For some Americans, alcohol is a major problem. 24...

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Week 1: Fast Social Media

According to the Pew Research Center, about 80% of internet users in America are on Facebook alone. This doesn’t account for all the other social media platforms: Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, etc. On average, Americans spend almost two hours a day on social...

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A Different Kind of Fast for Lent

As Lent approaches, many of us are deciding what we are going to give up for Lent. I love this tradition shared by many different church traditions during Lent. But sometimes it seems like Lent is treated as a second stab at a New Year's resolution. Fasting for Lent...

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The Constancy of Change

The ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus once said that you can’t step into the same river twice. Rivers are constantly changing. The water you step in once immediately rushes away downstream. A cornerstone of his philosophy was that the only constant is change. As...

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Do it like a team

My son is very independent. If there is something that he can do, he wants to do it himself. He wants to open the door himself. He wants to put on his shoes himself. But sometimes there are things he can’t do by himself. Recently, he got a new car seat. On the old...

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Thanks be to God!

After Christmas, I spent some time reflecting on all that has happened at Trinity in 2017. Together we have taken some pretty big risks. We’ve tried things we have never done before. Some things we have tried together have gone incredibly well: an outdoor service with...

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Having an Epiphany

Christmas is still here for five more days, but another season is already drawing close. The season of Epiphany follows Christmas because the first Epiphany was caused by the first Christmas. We read in the Gospel of Matthew that the birth of Jesus sent a signal out...

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