You Miserable, Wretched Sinners!

You miserable, wretched sinners!

You will hear this during Lent. Some will be offended, as these words seem rude and unworthy of creatures created in God’s image. To retain these words would be to wrongly imply that human beings are supposed to grovel before God and debase themselves.

Others will be pleased, as these traditional words seem to capture the full spirit […]

By |2022-03-21T11:45:14-05:00March 2nd, 2017|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , , |0 Comments

How to Lent and Why: Questions for an Anglican Priest

Lent is about to kick us in the seats of our pants soon, when it darkens our foreheads, and then takes away our chocolates. Not to mention causing us to face our privilege by helping others and then making us read the Church Fathers in the original Latin or Greek. (I made that last part up).

So what is this Lent […]

By |2022-03-21T11:45:14-05:00February 27th, 2017|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

Confession of Sin: Things Left Undone

There is something in the Anglican service that really makes me uncomfortable. It is not something I encountered often before I experienced the classic Christian liturgy. At the Confession of Sin, we pray:

Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,

But if I’m being honest, its the next line that rattles […]

By |2022-03-21T11:45:18-05:00July 14th, 2016|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

Do “Thoughts and Prayers” Really Matter Anyway?

It is a sad time in the world. More terror…this time in California. And now the phrase ‘thoughts and prayers’ is falling victim to the violence too. Some politicians offered their condolences with the overused but heartfelt phrase: our thoughts and prayers are with them. Now that is being castigated. It is called ‘prayer shaming’. It will be a […]