August 5, 2020

Lenten Brunch Lite 6: April 4, 2020 — Lentiest Lent Edition

Lenten Brunch Lite 6: April 4, 2020 Lentiest Lent Edition Comments now closed. • A bitter wind blows through the country A hard rain falls on the sea If terror comes without a warning There must be something we don’t see What fire begets this fire? Like torches thrown into the straw If no one […]

This year Holy Saturday came earlier…and is lasting longer

This year Holy Saturday came earlier…and is lasting longer At Christian Century, Richard Lischer wonders, in these days of Covid-19, if we’ve been transported to Holy Saturday. Holy Saturday, the day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, is the day the disciples withdrew and wondered and waited. But for what? They had no idea. Nor […]

What we’re doing in worship today (3)

What we’re doing in worship today (3) First Sunday under the stay-at-home order in Indiana. Fifth Sunday in Lent. Gospel text: John 11:18-26, 30-37. •

A Lenten Brunch Response to Pharisaic Idiocy: March 28, 2020

Lenten Brunch Lite 5: March 28, 2020 This Lenten season has been somewhat overwhelmed by all the attention paid to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it has given us all an opportunity to ponder some fundamental aspects of what we believe and how we view the world (certainly consistent with Lent’s purpose). This morning I want […]

Lent with Mary Chapin Carpenter (5)

Lent with Mary Chapin Carpenter (5) Each year, on Ash Wednesday and during Lent, I focus attention on a singer-songwriter or album from the popular culture of my lifetime in which I find echoes of the Lenten journey. In her journey of grief, chronicled in the song set Ashes and Roses, Mary Chapin Carpenter found […]

What we’re doing in worship today (2)

What we’re doing in worship today (2) It’s Sunday #2 of worship in the days of coronavirus restrictions. This week, our small congregation will not meet together in the sanctuary. However, we have chosen an alternative. It started when one of our members insisted that he would ring the church bell on Sunday morning. We […]

A Lenten Brunch Special: March 21, 2020

A Lenten Brunch Special: March 21, 2020 Note from CM: We have a special guest speaker for our weekly brunch today. My good friend and former iMonk partner Jeff Dunn is here with a message most appropriate for Lent. And like all of Jeff’s writing, it arises from his life. He has reached a critical […]

Lent with Mary Chapin Carpenter (4)

Lent with Mary Chapin Carpenter (4) Each year, on Ash Wednesday and during Lent, I focus attention on a singer-songwriter or album from the popular culture of my lifetime in which I find echoes of the Lenten journey. This year, we devote ourselves to listening to Mary Chapin Carpenter’s superb intensely personal album from 2012, […]

Lenten Brunch Lite 3: March 14, 2020 – Special Pandemic Edition

Lenten Brunch Lite 3: March 14, 2020 Special Pandemic Edition During the Lenten season, we will offer a “lite” version of our Saturday Brunch. Each week, I will set forth one question (or set of questions) related to keeping Lent and ask us to focus our discussion on it. Today we hear wise counsel from […]

Lent with Mary Chapin Carpenter (3)

Lent with Mary Chapin Carpenter (3) Each year, on Ash Wednesday and during Lent, I focus attention on a singer-songwriter or album from the popular culture of my lifetime in which I find echoes of the Lenten journey. This year, we devote ourselves to listening to Mary Chapin Carpenter’s superb intensely personal album from 2012, […]