Fasting and Feasting at Christmas

Fasting is about giving up something of value and it seems like we’ve been in an unending season of “fasting” since March. I’m referring to the coronavirus pandemic and what many of us have had to do without for the past nine months: a sense of normalcy, time with friends and family, and some of…

Musical Treasures

Every fall I go through a lengthy process of selecting music for the Christmas services. This year I have been very aware of stylistic differences among the various national traditions from which we draw Christmas music each year. (For this post, the phrase “Christmas music” refers to music with lyrics that deal with the Incarnation…

From My Heart to Yours

I accepted a call to serve Holy Trinity’s children during a global crisis, a pandemic no-less – COVID-19 if we’re going to be technical. Why on earth would I do this? Sometimes I wonder myself. However, if I’m being honest, it’s because I believed the Lord nudged me and called me to this place at…

Acts of Grace

With Thanksgiving here and the season of Advent approaching to bring 2020 to a close, I am reminded more than ever why the season is so significant. In it we remember the Advent, the coming of God himself incarnate into our broken world in the person of Jesus of Nazareth 2,000 or so years ago.…

Five Questions for Self-Examination

Conversations with Jesus seemed to leave people not only awestruck but also exposed. Jesus brilliantly asked questions that pierced through surface matters and probed heart longings, desires and motivations. Jesus cared and still cares about the heart because he knows that good and evil emanate from it (Matt. 15:11). Words and behaviors originate from the…

Pastoral Letter on Race, #2

It has been several months since I last wrote to you with a few reflections on race and the importance of “double listening.” I have been doing a lot of listening since then: reading, watching, praying and meeting for one-on-one discussion. I have delved into Scripture, history and the personal stories of friends and strangers. It has been…

Working with God

“And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.” St. John’s Gospel (1:14 NRSV)   A central message of the Christian faith is that God saves what God assumes. Or, rather, God makes holy that which…