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Just Show Up

My dad always told me when I was growing up, “If you just show up and pay attention, you’ll be way ahead of your peers in life.” Some time ago I was reading John’s account of the resurrection and was deeply struck by the fact that Mary Magdalene was the first person to encounter the risen Christ.  Isn’t it odd?  She was a woman, one who had been afflicted and tormented by demons, and though she was certainly a follower of Christ, she was not numbered among the Twelve. It is particularly striking when one...

Status Quo

In-tinc-tion:  “the action of dipping the bread in the wine at a Eucharist so that a communicant receives both together.” As my second year of...

Your Jesus is Too Small

It’s a hidden little story in the midst of the grand narrative of royal David. The one destined to occupy the throne is running...

Voice

I always wonder what people think the first time they hear my voice. “Wow, I didn’t expect you to be that nasally.” “Hmm, surprisingly gentle, yet...

How to Wash Stinky Feet

John 13 contains one of the Gospel’s most poignant interactions between Jesus and his disciples.  Here we see Jesus taking on the most lowly,...
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