The Ascension narratives at the end of Luke’s Gospel and the beginning of Acts are both immediately tied to the promised gift of the Holy Spirit. Together these are two moments of the same process and complete the act that began with the resurrection. The Ascension, therefore, is not really about Jesus’ absence but about a presence in a new and more powerful way. Moreover, the Ascension narrative invites us to take our place with Jesus at the right hand of God to fulfill our original blessing to have dominion (in a loving Godly way) over creation. What is holding us down from accepting the invitation! What do we need to do to defy gravity and live the ascended life? … More Defying Gravity! (An Ascension Story)
Advent is a time of waiting for the world to change and of anticipating the life-altering transformation that comes with the birth of a child that will be lived out in each of us. Advent invites me to labor in ways that I might not feel ready for and to trek into places that might make me uncomfortable. Advent draws me into the presence of God as God reveals God’s self, and as God leads me into new curiosity and truth-telling. … More #AdventWord
1st SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST, TRINITY SUNDAY (Year A)
The life of the Trinity is also our life. It is a recognition of our unity and a celebration of our diversity. Acknowledging the diversity of the Trinity as essential is vital because it also acknowledges the diversity of creation as essential. “Black lives matter,! is therefore a statement of sincere belief that all of creation in all of its diversity reflects the very life of the Trinity itself. … More Welcome to Triune Life!
The earth itself, and all that is “good” upon it acts as an uber-sacrament – a meta-sacrament – such that all of creation reveals its creator. … More Recovering a Reverence for the Earth
7th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (Proper 11, Year A)
Groaning is the soundtrack of creation. It is the sound of the gap closing, of the Spirit overcoming resistance. Life in the Spirit strains and groans to close the gap. It is a good, honest groaning, the soundtrack of what will be coming into being. Life in the Spirit is a life that closes the gap. Christians are to be gap closers. Christians are to see the distance between what should be and what is, and strain, and heave, and work, and lift to close that gap. … More The Groaning of Creation
This Friday, April 22, 2016 is Earth Day – the 46th Earth Day since its inception in 1970. On this day we honor creation. On this day, we recognize creation’s groaning. May we recognize the goodness of the earth’s complex, beautiful systems and feel mercy. And may we have ears to hear the voice of the earth, one that has been speaking all along and desperately needs our attention. … More Get up. Open your eyes.