Stop for some tea with me.

Friends are saying goodby to parents and spouses and siblings and cousins and nieces. Friends are wondering how interviews are going to turn out, how to take the next turn. Friends are recovering from surgeries. Friends are wondering about the new guy. Friends are wondering how much of the pain in the world they can […]

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Jesus needed a break.

He had been teaching, thoughtfully, skillfully. He had been taking on the powers of darkness. He was preparing his followers for his death, getting them ready for what they were going to watch. And for Jesus each day was full of resistance. There was the intentional resistance from those in power. There was the spiritual […]

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Changing for the sake of love.

Forget, for a moment, the season of Lent. Forget the debates about obligation and grace and structures. Set aside the comments about what tradition you did or did not grow up in. Instead, today ask yourself two questions. Start with this: What do you want to change about how you interact with God and other […]

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Moving outside the room.

In our hospital, we have a chapel. Chaplains offer a weekly service in the chapel. It’s sent to all the rooms by closed-circuit video, and is available for anyone who would like to attend a service. We prepare a service, which includes Bible passages from the Revised Common Lectionary. The service includes a responsive reading […]

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Lent is an opportunity, not an obligation. Maybe.

Some of my friends with spiritual interests anticipate Lent with a sense of gratitude. They are thankful for what they learn about themselves through the disciplines of giving up and of moving toward God. They appreciate the invitation to participate with others known as the Body of Christ. I have other friends who argue a […]

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