We are marching in the light of God

All of this has lain heavy like a stone on my heart. But I do not have to live in fear when I go to the house of God on Sunday mornings. Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy upon us.

Will the goats please stand up?

For despite the major things Godspell gets wrong, I think it gets this one thing right. It is only those who continue to beg for mercy, who persevere in the face of judgment that have the temerity to start building the Beautiful City, brick by brick, heart by heart.

Being in remission

Once in awhile, something that I say as a part of the liturgy just leaps off of the page and grabs me.

If you love Brené Brown, you might believe in original sin

You might not buy the story that grounds Christianity’s doctrine of original sin. But if you take Christianity’s doctrine of original sin and put it side-by-side with Dr. Brown’s assertions about shame, guilt, and perfectionism, you'll find they line up more closely than you first expected.
Satan Sowing

The Devil is (no longer) in the details

The Church of England has kicked the devil out of its baptismal rite. This move concerns me. This sort of attempt at cultural intelligibility usually backfires and ends up making beliefs far more ambiguous and people's feelings more ambivalent.

Mercy and judgment: on baseball and steroids

In 2013, no baseball players were considered clean enough to be honored with Hall of Fame induction. Sometimes justice demands that when sin has worked its way so deeply into a group of people, the whole thing must go before there can be a new beginning.