How do you cultivate JOY?

Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Being a joyless Christian is a contradiction in terms! Yet we all go through drought or letting people and things “rob” our joy.  My short definition of joy is Gladness in God!  Jesus offers a joy that no one can take from us! (John 15:7-11) For the third Sunday in […]

Beauty Will Save the World! (An Essay on Discipleship & the Arts)

This year, the week before Easter was our first Celebration of the Arts at Christ Church. Our building was filled with paintings and other artistic works, a wall and a book of poetry, a cafe night of music and readings, and a forum we called Beauty Will Save the World: Christian Discipleship and the Arts. I now post this opening […]

Not like any other Week!

“Holy Week” (Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem through Resurrection Sunday) is so called because it marks the climax of God’s Grand Story of Redemption. It is Holy – “Set apart!” Here are some ways to engage this week as truly set apart, holy, special: Come to as many of the services and Arts nights as possible. [Our vision for […]

God’s ‘Epic’ Good News!

Have you wanted to better understand what the Bible is all about?  We are being led this Lent and Easter season into an ambitious teaching series called Whole Gospel: The Bible’s Epic Drama. It comes with several exciting parts to it: + Sunday teachings will explore the “Six Act Drama” of the Bible’s really Good News – the whole Gospel […]

Let yourself be moved!

Advent ushers us into a feast for the senses that CAN lead to “spiritual ecstasy,”  (instead of  just sensory overload!) I’ve been working through a wonderful book of poems by Luci Shaw called Scape. I came back today to this one called Ec-stasis. It’s from a Greek word from which we get the word “ecstasy” or literally being “beside oneself.” […]

Is Jesus ‘Enough?’ – Listen to Bach

Princeton mathematician, Bernard Chazelle runs out of superlatives for J.S. Bach. He calls Bach the most human of all composers who “gets to your soul through your body.” Here is a gem of an article with embedded excerpts of music that will make you an instant Bach fan. (You can also listen to a fascinating On Being interview by Krista Tippett.) Speaking of […]

How do I love Thee, O my God?

Augustine wrote passionately about everything, including his love for his God! I read this quote today that reminds me powerfully of both the sacramental nature of earthly love and the boundlessness of the eternal. But when I love you, what do I love? It is not physical beauty nor temporal glory nor the brightness of light […]

What’s the use!

When the world seems to be coming unglued, it’s easy to lean toward despair or acedia or worse. On October 22, 1939, Lewis preached at the University Church of St. Mary in Oxford. I had the privilege of hearing an English orator re-enact the sermon at this church when I attended a conference in Oxford a […]