“The Reports of My Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated”: A Letter from the “Dying” Church

To my mourners: Sometimes the dying are the first to know. While others believe you are invincible, you quietly go around collecting pamphlets from hospice and making final arrangements. But sometimes, more rarely, the dying are the last to know. … Continue reading “The Reports of My Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated”: A Letter from the “Dying” Church

Questioning Advent: Day Eight – Get Ready

We read about John the Baptist every second Sunday of Advent. Here in the middle of the Christmas joy and preparation is this story of this guy who lives down by the river eating locusts and wild honey, and shouting at everyone to repent. There’s a good reason no one is putting John the Baptist on a Christmas card. Maybe it’s John’s call to us to “repent” that scares us the most. I hear “repent” and I either think of a religious revival where some preacher is calling everyone sinners, or a dour confessor doling out penance. Neither is particularly … Continue reading Questioning Advent: Day Eight – Get Ready