Consider your children, how they grow

Consider your children, how they grow What price do we really pay for our omni-technologized lives, and will our kids foot the bill?

Resources for practing Sabbath rest

Resources for practing Sabbath rest I feel … thin. Sort of stretched, like … butter scraped over too much bread. I need a holiday. A very long holiday.  — Bilbo Baggins, from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring Families today find themselves tapped out on multiple levels: socially, financially, relationally, spiritually, and more. They are “spread thin” to the point where anxiety and stress are constant companions....

Bless your heart! (or, why we bless)

Bless your heart! (or, why we bless) I was raised in the genteel city of Birmingham, AL, which is another way of saying that I grew up around hospitable, polite and loving … trash talk. A sampling of regular conversation might include, for instance, statements such as, “Did you see what she wore to the Piggly Wiggly? Bless her heart.” Or, “I can’t believe her Momma let her out in those seersucker overalls without monogramming them...

Saving time: the Eucharist & time management

Saving time: the Eucharist & time management Behold the mystery: time must enter the tomb of the infinite before it is raised into right experience of the finite.

Sizzler Christianity

Sizzler Christianity We often seek to set the table, to choose what we think is best for us, to eat something other than what has been given. My grandfather taught me that God has already set the table; he has said his grace.

Disability and the Church: an interview

Disability and the Church: an interview As people, we all need to come to terms with the fact that we all have or will have disabilities at some point, and I mean that very seriously — weakness or inability is human. Disability is not just about bodies that work differently, and there is no single story that fits "the disability narrative" completely. If the church wants to reach out to people with disabilities, then we need to be allowed to tell our own stories, explain our own feelings, and the Church's ministries need to listen well and be responsive.

A call to arms

A call to arms Just the other day, I was reflecting on an influential saint of modern times, whose voluminous songbook has had considerable influence across the globe. His Christian name is Vincent Damon Furnier, but extant evidence demonstrates that he preferred the more ecclesiastical title of Alice Cooper. He is best known for his thesis on Judas, “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” and his reflection on human...

O Lord, open thou our lips

O Lord, open thou our lips I grew up in the Pentecostal Church, which is another way of saying I grew up in a tradition where we go to church to sing. This value for singing and musical expression was ubiquitous. On our way to church, we would listen to praise music; in church, I would tarry at the altar call singing “Let It Rain,” “Oh The Glory of Your Presence,” “I Just Can’t Stop Praising His Name,” and, “I...

Anxiety and the cross

Anxiety and the cross Bobbie Carlyle has sculpted the statue of the Self Made Man, the ideal icon of the present age. It is also a myth. One wonders if an adequate interpretation would be of an anxious person trying to shed the weighty stone entrapping him.

Clint Wilson

Fr. Clint Wilson is associate rector at St. George's Episcopal Church in Nashville, Tennessee.

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