Righteous Wrath

In this week’s Old Testament reading (Amos 7: 7–15), we have a prophet pronouncing God’s judgement on Israel. Sometimes the books of the prophets make Christians uncomfortable or confused. Isn’t God loving and merciful? What do we make of the wrath of God? Two things...

Growth In the Fallow, Not the Shallow

A little over a week ago, I planted some seeds with my kids. They were just simple zinnias (bright, colorful flowers) in the two pots by our front door. Because of our regular afternoon rainstorms, we haven’t had to water them. We stuck the seeds in the soil and then...

Summer Reading

Reading with the Rector For many people, summer is a time to slow down and embrace sabbath. The days stretch longer. Kids are off school. People are taking vacations. Ever since I was a kid, I have always had a stack of books to read over the summer. Never because I...

Who is the Holy Spirit?

If there is one person of the Trinity who gets neglected in the Church, it would have to be the Holy Spirit. We pray to God our Father in the name of Jesus Christ. We study the life of Jesus and use the term ‘God’ as shorthand to refer to God the Father. But when do...
A Forgotten Feast

A Forgotten Feast

Last week, I wrote to you about a forgotten fast in the Church: Rogation Sunday. This week I would point you towards a forgotten feast: Ascension Sunday. Next Sunday, we will celebrate the feast of the Ascension. Technically, the feast of the Ascension occurs on...
A Forgotten Fast

A Forgotten Fast

This Easter season has been filled with many joyous occasions but also much sorrow for our congregation. This past week has felt particularly heavy. Several of our members are facing difficult and challenging circumstances, from health issues to house issues to the...