American Good Friday

Today we shall weep for last night's lost basketball game and no longer for a child shivering in an African hut still scratching the bites that will kill her. Mourning rises like incense, hope crucified on the corpse of a tree.Wild beasts stalk the land, sniffing the air for a whiff of milk or honey.Our … Continue reading American Good Friday

Maundy Thursday: Shorting Jesus

Exodus 12:1-4, 11-14 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 John 13:1-17, 31b-35 In his bestselling book about the 2008 world financial crisis, The Big Short, Michael Lewis weaves a compelling tale of the small group of people who were paying attention when the rest of the world was rushing like a herd of Gadarene swine, possessed by devils, … Continue reading Maundy Thursday: Shorting Jesus

A Homily for Palm Sunday Year A

What Should I Do With Jesus?¬†Matthew 21:1-11Isaiah 50:4-9Philippians 2:5-11Matthew 26:14- 27:66No one could remember who started the chant. Later, some people said it was one of the Galilean women, in town for Pasha, the old women, who rock back and forth when they pray, in ancient dance with the Spirit. Others said it was one … Continue reading A Homily for Palm Sunday Year A

The First Theological Council Day 2

The day began with Morning Prayer, followed by a meditation from Bishop Waldo in which he expressed his own view that he yearns for the full inclusion of gay and lesbian people in the Episcopal Church. He said that this is very different from an endorsement of promiscuity, whether in straight or gay relationships. Further, … Continue reading The First Theological Council Day 2

The First Theological Council Evening Day One

I was late getting out of Sumter and hit the Friday afternoon spring break traffic that snarled its way out of Columbia along I-26 nearly to Chap in before it settled down to a more normal, merely dangerously overcrowded narrow-shouldered highway of death at 75 MPH. So I missed the opening session of the First … Continue reading The First Theological Council Evening Day One

Theological Counciling

On a day when the news media and the Twitterdom are obssesed with the imminent closure of the United States government, the earth rocked again in Japan and wars continued to rage across Africa and the Middle East. But since "earthquakes in one place after another" and "wars and rumors of war" are simply just … Continue reading Theological Counciling