Holy Cross Day

The festival known as Holy Cross Day came about in the fourth century as a special day to celebrate Jesus’ victory over sin by his death on a cross. It’s not surprising, then, that one of the assigned readings is … Read more

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Today’s reading from Matthew has two interesting points. First, Jesus gives us practical ways to handle conflict. Make note of the fault; if that doesn’t work, find witnesses; if that doesn’t work, tell the church; and if that doesn’t work (and only … Read more

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

When I was growing up, I had quite a temper. I often blamed it on my unlucky combination of Armenian and German heritages, but those excuses never really worked. If someone bothered or hurt me, I’d do whatever I could to … Read more

Climbing walls

I recently joined a rock gym. I’ll admit I’m not very good at climbing yet, but I’m really enjoying myself. See, I know the importance of a rigorous workout a few times a week, yet aimlessly running 2 miles on … Read more

Bartholomew, the Apostle

Today is a special day in the Church Year, as we commemorate the apostle Bartholomew. Not much is known about his life, although the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke list him among the disciples. Some scholars think he is … Read more

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

One of today’s readings is an awesome chunk of Paul’s letter to the Church in Rome. Here’s part of it: For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are … Read more