Let’s Get Ashy!

Today is Ash Wednesday, and that can only mean one thing: Lent is here! Ah, yes, that most wonderful time in the liturgical calendar all about prayer, penance and preparation for Easter. And, what better way to kick things off than by  getting your ash on? Yes, friends, today is the day when hipsters and yuppies, […]

Giving Up Lent,Or Why I Won’t Feel Bad About Myself Until Easter

Last Sunday, someone asked me what I was giving up for Lent and I honestly couldn’t answer. The truth is, until that moment, I really hadn’t given it a thought. It’s not that I don’t like Lent, we just have a complicated relationship. The truth is, Lent never really worked for me. It’s supposed to […]

What’s That On Your Forehead?

Well, it’s Ash Wednesday and you know what that means: a bunch of weirdos walking around with smudgy, black crosses on their foreheads. These “weirdos” are actually mainstream and progressive Christians heathens and they do it to signify their “repentance before God”. Seriously? You can do the same thing with good, old-fashioned piety. And, by […]

Advent? Not a Fan

When you have a lot of friends who’ve been to seminary, you see and hear a lot of churchy, religious stuff the average joe doesn’t. Discussions about theological systems, obscure religious teachers and atonement theories are everyday fare. If your seminarian friends are particularly nerdy, like mine, you get to hear about Beer and Hymns […]

Words Matter

This morning, I was reading Kimberly Knight’s blog on Patheos. Today’s entry started out “Words matter.” The word that mattered in this case was “sissies”. To put in context, she was talking about a Lenten devotional her church is using this season. In the Ash Wednesday entry, the author said the Ash Wednesday service was “Worship […]

Lent: Big Old Ball O’ Fun?

No, it’s not. Lent sucks. But, it’s supposed to suck; that’s kind of the point. Lent, for those of you who might not be familiar with it, is a liturgical season usually celebrated as winter comJeses to a close. It’s 40 days, not counting Sundays, of fasting, penance and prayer that is supposed to prepare Christians for the […]

Never Gonna Give You Up

“Never gonna give you up, Never gonna let you down, Never gonna run around and desert you. Never gonna make you cry, Never gonna say goodbye, Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you”. Yes, those are the words to one the 80’s most pervasively annoying songs, Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley (admit it, […]

Givin’ it up for Lent

I was looking at all the social media sites I use this morning and came to a conclusion: while my feeds on Twitter and Google+ are relatively normal, my Facebook page is extremely eclectic. As we speak, there are pictures glorifying “God, Guns and Guts” alongside ones from Media Matters, MoveOn and other left-leaning groups. […]