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How Long, O Lord? How Long?

I’m not a constitutional scholar, but I know there’s an awful lot of energy around the Second Amendment. It was adopted on December 15, 1791 as part of the Bill of Rights and simply says “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep...

What Lies Ahead

As I write this reflection, the war in Ukraine has been going on for more than two months. Thousands of civilians, including children, have been injured or killed. As of April 21, almost 5.4 million refugees have fled Ukraine, and an estimated 7.7 million people have been displaced within the country itself. Some of...

Known & Loved

Lent assaults our mistaken sense of ourselves. It challenges the notion that we’re capable and self-sufficient; that we can (or must) handle it all. Lent invites us to consider our brokenness, our separation from God, and our sinfulness. We’re good at minimizing all of that. We’re good at explaining away the dark things we...

Imbolc, Candlemass, and Groundhog Day

The start of February is filled with significance. For many pagans it marks the holiday of Imbolc, seen by some as the start of Spring (and by many others as the height of winter). Millions more celebrate it as Candlemass (or the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple). In the United States February 2...

Brighter than a Supernova

It feels a bit odd to write an Epiphany article on the heels of Christmas because we’re still in the midst of Christmastide. But even in the days after Christmas, it may be helpful to explain why “Jesus born in Bethlehem” (Matthew 2:1) is something we experience in Holy Communion. Bethlehem literally means “house...