Advent Lectionary | The Earliest Soundtrack

Advent Lectionary | The Earliest Soundtrack

Advent 2021 turns again to the Gospel of Luke as the primary focus. The third Gospel conveys the buildup to the birth of Jesus as a story of good news for the masses, including a poor couple seeking refuge in a stable and a band of shepherds. The third Gospel also...
Advent Lectionary | Hope, the Thing With Feathers

Advent Lectionary | Hope, the Thing With Feathers

“Hope” is the thing with feathers – That perches in the soul – And sings the tune without the words – And never stops – at all – ~ Emily Dickinson ~ My favorite teacher, on the eve of his 100th birthday, was asked by his pastor during worship...
Plagues, Vaccinations and the Future

Plagues, Vaccinations and the Future

I am writing as I am about to go with my husband to a large soccer stadium in Oxford, UK, now a COVID-19 vaccination center, for his vaccine appointment. The vaccination program has been progressing at an astonishing pace in the UK and the US, and it is great to see...
Why You Should Enter the Shadow of Lent

Why You Should Enter the Shadow of Lent

I’m a firm believer that Lent, practiced consciously, is a guardrail against spiritual bypassing. The regular observance of seasons of austerity, lament and penance, which we Christians get in Lent and Advent, guide us to enter into aspects of the human experience...