The Lord Be With You

One of the ancient greetings of God’s people is “The Lord be with you//And with your spirit” or “The Peace of the Lord be with you//And with your spirit.” Variations of this greeting show up a number of times in the Bible (2 Thess. 3:16, 2 Tim. 4:22, cf. Rom. 16:23, Rev. 22:21, 1 Chron….

Summonsed to Worship

As we gather for worship, hear the words of Psalm 100: Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the…

The Politics of Celebration

Right after urging the Philippians to remember that their citizenship is in heaven, Paul reminds them that this means they are called to rejoice always. This is because rejoicing and celebration are always community events, public events, political events. In the first century, Christians were surrounded by celebrations: the old Jewish feasts, Greek and Roman…

A Table of Light

Here at Trinity, we celebrate the Church calendar, but we want to do so carefully by being faithful to Scripture not merely keeping traditions mindlessly, particularly when it comes to the season of Lent. We value meditating on Christ’s battle against Satan, His faithfulness to His Father’s mission, His passion and death. We know that…

White is for War

In the book of Revelation white robes are the garb of warriors. Jesus tells the Church in Sardis that if they stay pure, their garments will be white, and he who overcomes will be clothed in white. When the fifth seal is opened, John sees the souls of those who have been slain for the…

Glory Awaits

CS Lewis says somewhere that many people think that becoming a Christian is rather like inviting God to come into their little one-bedroom apartment that needs a lot of tidying up. They are under the impression that when God moves in with them, He will help with the dishes and vacuum behind the couch and…

In Defense of Lent, Masculinity, and Tim Bayly

Sometimes I give myself writing assignments by title. Here, mister smarty pants, try to write a coherent blog post about that. It reminds me of my drama club teacher in high school giving us the most ridiculous juxtapositions and thirty seconds to come up with some way of working them into an improvised scene on the…

Transfiguration Meal

One way to think of the Transfiguration of Jesus is as a preview, the trailer for the full length feature. In this case, Jesus was transfigured before He went to Jerusalem, before He was betrayed, before He was condemned, before He was spat on, before He was beaten, before He was nailed to the cross…

The Light of His Presence

Today is the last Sunday in Epiphany. Epiphany means “sudden burst of light” and refers to the light of God suddenly bursting out in this world through Jesus Christ causing us to ask: Who is this? Who is this who turns water into wine? Who is this that even wise men from far away lands…

Mary’s Song

In the beginning there was song. It was a song that had never begun but wound through the ages ever new, ever old, ever glory, ever wonder. It was full of polyphony and harmony, a continuous blend of perfect rhythms and syncopations, musical themes, jokes, and resolutions, with a central refrain, a chorus of one…