Jesus of the Descending Theology

Here is my last prayer/poem for the season.  It was a full few days of EASTER RESURRECTION PREACHING and then right off to Toronto for discussions on justice and the church  which were full of lament and honesty and Jesus.  And the exact right thing to be doing in Resurrection Time. Here is my Easter... Continue Reading →

Jesus of the Deep Beauty

DEEP BEAUTY IN THE BROKEN EARTH To see a flower in the Spring, we must Believe that there is beauty to be had In gardens we never will control. “Trust And hope that dirt becomes a launching pad For raising beauty in this violent earth?” The cynics scoff but have no solutions, Because they do... Continue Reading →

Jesus of the Fallen Flat

Eric Gill, The Good Shepherd woodcut, 1927  This is a prayer sent from Christine Woods, Area Director for YL in Calgary.  It's from the book Alongside by Drew Hill.   I love the images in it - and I love the naming of spaces we all get to - no judgment, just asking God to be... Continue Reading →

Jesus of the Ashes

Lent is a time in the Christian year where we stop. And we are honest. About who and what we are. There are so many ways to enter this season, so many words that could open that door. Stop. Pause. Pay Attention. Wilderness. Dust. Wandering. Eat a little less, do a little less, take a... Continue Reading →

Preaching the Psalms

THIS is why I love Walter Brueggemann: "Note that the Psalms thus propose to speak about human experience in an honest, freeing way. This is in contrast to much human speech and conduct which is in fact a cover-up.  In most arenas where people live, we are expected and required to speak the language of... Continue Reading →

Lest we forget what God can do with mud

What can God do with brokenness, with everything we wish didn't happen, couldn't happen, but does and leaves a huge mess. What possibly could God do.   Friends of mine asked me to pray. There’s a conflict. The words they used were “there’s so much brokenness.”       There always is. We try to forget... Continue Reading →

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