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Monthly Archives: January 2006

“We are a multi-racial, multi-ethnic Christian body committed to living faithfully in the heart of this great city. To that end we strive to be welcoming, responsive, trusting and prayerful in everything we do.” Wonderful, isn’t it? Wish I had had something to do with it. Alas, Calvary came up with this statement as part of a larger mission statement after a months-long visioning process led by interim pastor Jere Allen long… Read More

Admittedly my perspective is a bit foggy, having been prescribed assistance to deal with the pain of recent events (see my Tale of Woe). However, my foggy perspective has not, in my opinion, impacted my astute observations of modern culture or my unmanageable compulsion to comment on those observations.Here I note a few recent thoughts on the state of daytime television.Since I have spent the last three days peering through the fog… Read More

Depending on the time of day (and where we happen to be in the schedule of pain medication), the latest drama in my life is either an annoying distraction or a horrific tragedy of epic proportions.Knowing myself as I do the truth is probably somewhere in between. Let me tell you my tale of woe.On Monday morning I was headed down 16th Street on my way to a meeting. My kids were… Read More

Calvary is a congregation in transition. That means, as the years have gone by, Calvary’s young families have gradually transitioned from that phase of life to middle age and on to, shall we say, the later years of life. While this faithful group of folks in the later years of life continues to worship and serve in ways that often astound me, to their great relief there is now a new group… Read More

This is the danger of spending so much time with one text—you start to see it everywhere you go. That’s the only explanation I can come up with for my sitting in the movie theatre Saturday watching Heath Ledger in Casanova and drawing parallels between the movie and Sunday’s gospel lesson, Mark 1:14-20. Truth be told, without a little prompting I probably would have been content to just sit there and watch… Read More

I’d like to think that once in awhile there are small nuggets of spiritual profundity that can be mined from these ramblings. I am not trying to be a groundbreaking theologian along the lines of St. Augustine, but an occasional foray into some expression of spiritual depth would be nice. This is not one of those moments.This is an entry about real confessions . . . the kind of revelations about yourself… Read More

There’s probably no question that I am a religious nerd. However, that does not excuse the fact that my husband has done Dorcas wrong. This situation is not unlike the occasion on which Mark (the husband under discussion) gave me an Enya CD and proceeded to launch a campaign of ridicule that involved playing the most popular tune from the CD over and over and over (and over) on the piano until… Read More

When I hear the word what springs to mind immediately is the hymn–you know it–Redeemed, How I Love to Proclaim it . . . . It just makes you want to run down the aisle, doesn’t it? This sense that, if I can get it right something magical, amazing, wonderful and instantaneous will turn my life from what it is right now to something beyond my wildest dreams?That’s what I always learned,… Read More

Was it a mere two weeks ago that I was using this forum to whine about a few things that had gone wrong in worship? Well, then, it seems only appropriate for me to report here that today, well, today was really, really good. By really, really good, here’s what I mean: The sound system worked The hymns were the kind that make you want to close your eyes and sing There… Read More