Tis the Season!

Tis the Season!

One of the Church’s most human works is the consecration of creation towards God. In a particular sense, this is the Church’s and humanity’s prime directive. Humanity was created under the decision to “Let them rule…” and...
The Least of These

The Least of These

Last Sunday, we heard from the inviting yet frightening text of Matthew 25, in which Christ teaches that what we do for “the least of these,” we do for Christ himself. What an invitation—though Christ is ascended to his Father’s right hand, we can serve him in real...
“Take up and read…”

“Take up and read…”

Dear Christ the Redeemer family, Soon we will enter the Incarnation season: Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany. We’ll begin this liturgical year (the first Sunday of Advent is the beginning of a new liturgical year—this year that will be 3 December) with an exploration...
Restored Relationships

Restored Relationships

On Monday, November 6th, the New York Times ran an editorial which pointed out that in the previous 511 days there had been 555 mass shootings in our nation. There’s been at least one more since. Much might be said about how these events are now normal for us (given...
“Love and Marriage, Love and Marriage…”

“Love and Marriage, Love and Marriage…”

“…go together like a horse and carriage.” Well, it wasn’t before the automobile was invented, but it was a long time ago that Caleb and I were married, at 23 and 20 years old. Right away we found that families of origin create expectations…the roles of...
The M-Words

The M-Words

The use of these M words in Luganda, the most widely used native language in Uganda, will become clear at some point in what follows. (I couldn’t add what white men, like all those going on the Uganda Youth Mission leaving October 20 are called because it is the Bantu...
“I’d like to connect.”

“I’d like to connect.”

I have this Henri Nouwen quote in the front of my Bible. It’s not a huge distinction, if you’ve ever seen my Bible, but it’s an important quote for me even still. Nouwen begins this quote, “In this world, love and woundedness come...
Verse-of-the-Day

Verse-of-the-Day

Edit: For more information and access to the verses of the day in electronic form, click here! Dear friends, Sunday in church you received a card with seven Scripture verses on it, the first of three such cards you will also receive on the next two Sundays. This is a...
Generosity and Joy

Generosity and Joy

Dear Christ the Redeemer family, These next four weeks, the lectionary takes us to Philippians—the letter in which the word “joy” appears most frequently and “rejoice” occurs more times than in any of Paul’s other letters. Yet, at the same time, in this letter Paul...