Quotes: The Sorrowful Mysteries

"One heart is not connected to another through harmony alone. They are, instead, linked deeply through their wounds. Pain linked to pain, fragility to fragility. There is no silence without a cry of grief, no forgiveness without bloodshed, no acceptance without a passage through acute loss. That is what lies at the root of true

Podcast: Reflections on T.S. Eliot and Lent

A podcast conversation about Lent and T.S. Eliot with my friend, Greg Richards. Greg is the Director of Vital University Ministries and the Elisha Leadership Initiative in San Antonio, Texas. He is currently overseeing ministries at five university campuses in San Antonio and surrounding areas. Subscribe to his podcast in ITunes. Click here for a

Reading for Lent 2015

The Eucharist: Sacrament of the Kingdom - Alexander Schmemann Engagement with God: The Drama of Christian Discipleship - Hans Urs von Balthasar Silence - Shusaku Endo Rainbows for the Fallen World: Aesthetic Life and Artistic Task - Calvin Seerveld

Song for Holy Week: Guilty Man

"Judas is not the first or the last to betray the love of God for weak and willful human beings. Betrayal began with Adam and Eve; it runs like a thread through the story of Israel, and through our own." -from Magnificat 3/26/13 This song was written with the biblical scope of these betrayals in

“Zombies and a Love Song for the Apocalypse”: Barbara Lyon on Creature Fear

Zombies. These creatures constantly reappear in our culture. Why? Do they represent our deepest fears and failures?  They're dead, but they just don't die! The subversive metaphor of the zombie can hide a truckload of meaning and cultural analysis. Why is the need to embody death as a zombie both cathartic and appealing? Are zombies simply an exploration

Poems – Two from the Archive: “Promised Land” and “Impressions at a Free Church Liturgy”

 Promised Land Mess of life and mess of portion The precipice of grace placed to help us totter On these      The grounds of life lived in the face of              flaming swords and prohibitions to enter not                    the land of new humanity Enter not but enter soon Suffer well but suffer not        the sins of Cain