At a small evening vespers service over which I preside, I recently was asked, “Are you sure it’s okay if we sing a Christmas song during Advent?” The question came from a thoughtful volunteer pianist and full-time math teacher who plays for our vespers gathering and for her Presbyterian church’s Sunday morning services. At first, … Continue reading The Joy of Heresy
A Sermon delivered to Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Palmetto Bay, Florida. Date: May 26, 2019. Author Note: Someone once told me that a good sermon makes three points through story, definition, and the motivation to be moved by the Spirit using Scripture as a base. I am going to make my first attempt today. … Continue reading Jesus and the 5 Love Languages
What is habitus? A concise definition using Bourdieu’s own terminology “is a property of actors (whether individuals, groups or institutions) that comprises a structured and structuring structure” (Maton 2014, 50). In other words, one’s past and present, such as family experience, can be a structured system within which habitus operates in a structuring manner to … Continue reading Discovery of Habitus in the Holiday
Selah. Stand in the silence and hear Your own heart. Hanging. Hear your life. Selah. Stand in the silence and hear Your breath move your blood. A rush. Then pause. Stand in the silence and hear Your grandparents; Voices not far. Their life. In you. Listen. Selah. Stand in the silence and hear The child. … Continue reading UNTITLED
Love is the active concern for the life and growth of that which we love. [i]Eric Fromm, The Art of Loving Did I understand love before I knew you? Love, I don't believe I fully understood it until I saw you. In fact, I know I didn't. I couldn't fully see it in all its … Continue reading For Ava. Thoughts on Parental Love, Liminality, and God.