Category: parish

Eco-Palms

Palm Sunday is really, really bad for our planet. Most palms come from unsustainable sources. That means your church celebration is contributing to deforestation. But there’s an alternative. You can use Eco-Palms. As the...

Of offerings

I ran across this thanks to the Society of Catholic Priests on Facebook. It’s a horribly unfashionable and yet wondrously delightful manual for preparing to receive Holy Communion. It gladdens my heart to even...

Let us begin our journey

Each week, we send out an email newsletter at the parish I serve. Here’s what I wrote for the “Thought for the week” in today’s issue. Today begins the great and holy season of...

Scenes from the life of a parish

I just uploaded some photos from recent weeks at Christ Church. I hope to write more about our life and ministry soon, but I thought you might like to see this blog’s author, the...

Fight the good fight!?

The New York Times reports that some pastors are taking Timothy 6:12 to a new level, using martial arts or boxing as part of their evangelism strategy. Mr. Renken’s ministry is one of a...

Blogging an ethical economy

This year’s Trinity Institute is titled “Building an Ethical Economy”. There’s an impressive line-up of speakers, including the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Kathryn Tanner (theology professor at the University of Chicago), and Sir Partha...

I will not keep silent

Yesterday morning I heard a fantastic sermon, preached by my colleague in ministry at Christ Church, the Rev’d Melody Shobe. I am incredibly fortunate to serve with such a gifted priest, who offered this...

Social networking for eternity

I’m preaching two different sermons this Sunday for two baptism services. It is sorely tempting to use this photo for sermon fodder in one of my sermons. It would fit nicely with some commentary...