By the Way | Such Sweet Sorrow

By the Way | Such Sweet Sorrow

I recently completed three-plus years of off-and-on (mostly on) supply work at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Española, New Mexico. The end came rather suddenly; for a variety of reasons, we relocated on short notice, so what had been a 30-minute commute each way...
Lent’s Labor: Searching Darkness – Part 2

Lent’s Labor: Searching Darkness – Part 2

Scripture has a pronounced bias favoring “light” and opposing “darkness.” But there’s a minority report as well, where the Holy One is encountered in darkness. Through the prophet Isaiah, God proclaims: “I will give you the treasures of darkness … that you may know...
Lent’s Labor: Making Space – Part 1

Lent’s Labor: Making Space – Part 1

The traditional emphases of Lent — prayer, fasting and almsgiving — are intensely personal but never merely private. Heyr himna smiður (“Hear, Heavenly Creator”), a 12th century Icelandic poem, states: “Listen, smith [artisan] of the heavens, what the poet asks. / May...

Joy and Sorrow Intertwine During Holiday Season

I got off the plane in Tokyo looking for a quiet place. I had been in the air for seven hours, and I knew that the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians had played the seventh game of the World Series during my flight. I did not know if this was going to be good news or...

All Things

  A sermon by Howard Batson, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Amarillo, Tx. Romans 8:28-39 It’s an age-old question that no one has ever adequately answered.  So I don’t suppose that I’ll be able to answer it either.  But, sometimes it does make me feel better to wrestle...