Over the course of the last week, several people have asked me how to begin using the Book of Common Prayer. Here is a brief introduction for those who might be interested in exploring this historic resource for individual and corporate prayer. THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER (1979 edition) Tradition is the living faith of the dead.
My wife and I were privileged to have participated in the Iconic Life: Baptism and Music Conference on April 20th. It was a fascinating and fruitful time, and a joy to connect with other music directors and pastors from the Central Valley. We were reminded of how blessed we are to be serving in a local context that would include a
The announcement of the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord from the Roman Martyrology draws upon Sacred Scripture to declare in a formal way the birth of Christ. It begins with creation and relates the birth of the Lord to the major events and personages of sacred and secular history. The particular events contained in the
It has taken me more than a few weeks to work through all fifty-eight tracks of Sufjan Steven’s Silver and Gold. My daughter Rachel is fascinated with Sufjan’s version of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” So much so, that she made me play it for her five times in a row yesterday morning. Our
Tis' the eve of the Sufjan Stevens Christmas spectacular in San Francisco. Tomorrow night I will be traveling to the city by the Bay with my brother-in-law to participate in what promises to be a unique live concert event. I have heard rumors that there will be much singing and merriment, those in attendance beckoned to join in the Sufi
When I was a kid, the first book of the Bible I learned to find on my own was the Psalms. It’s right in the middle. Place your thumbs in the center of the pages and pull. As far as my Christian faith is concerned, all the crosses and comforts particular to my journey continue
Christians from my pedigree talk a lot about the best way to be a faithful Christian while maintaining embodied practice of the faith within our current historical/cultural context. It is a real struggle. These discussion are (by and large) not about who is in and who is out, who is a Christian and who is
This passage from a work by Caryll Houselander is perhaps one of the most profound and straightforward meditations I have read in regards to a Christian approach to human relationships. Houselander was a lay Catholic writer and artist who was born in 1901 and died of breast cancer in 1954 at the age of 53.
“I feel like if God had some sort of way of speaking, it would be through music” -Ari Picker (songwriter for Lost In The Trees) Even under the most tragic of circumstances many understand death as a beginning--a beginning that is shrouded in mystery, possibility, and beauty. It can be an invitation to wonder for