Carmen Kingsley, offers this reflection on the season of Epiphany and the upcoming Upside Down Variety Show: The season of Epiphany encourages us to revel in Christ’s birth and the initiation of his ministry. We began by remembering his baptism and with it God’s promise to love us and accompany us. Christ’s first miracle, changing
Think about the times that you’ve seen, made, or touched ashes. What did they look like? How did they smell? Ashes come from burning something: A pile of wood, a piece of paper, a cigarette. But ashes aren’t the same as glowing embers, or a blazing fire. They’re not hot, not alive, not yellow-orange. Ashes
I love the season of Lent because it just feels so true to me. In so many other areas of life, there is a pressure to “be okay.” Cheerfulness or stoicism on the surface masks more tender spots underneath. Not many people go around saying, “Wow, I feel really far from joy this week.” Or, “I
Through anecdotes, poetry, scripture, and plenty of humor, Nadia Bolz-Weber calls us (in the spirit of Martin Luther) to reject these outdated and toxic themes. Instead, she offers a gospel that frees us from that harm and celebrates the inherent goodness we and our bodies possess.
There is a “just right” space that we want to be in as we attempt various yoga postures and the “just right” space varies from person to person.
In worship on the last Sunday in November, the children helped us imagine how the church keeps track of time. We traced a straight line on the carpet with our fingers, like a timeline. Then we traced a circle on the ground, over and over circling back. For the church, time often seems to move
Maybe God has helped set you free from unhealthy relationships or a toxic environment. Perhaps God is urging you to stop comparing your life to others around you and allowing you the freedom to create your own path. Maybe God is setting you free from the expectations you’ve set for yourself, and reminding you that where you are in your life journey is exactly where you need to be.
So, here we go. I want to answer some of the questions I couldn’t bring myself to ask others.
“Bethel Free Church.” Immediately my younger brother and sister began asking Mom and Dad why we couldn’t join that church. It was free! Our dad said we would have to talk about it later.
Figuring out how to mark the day well can be a challenge. I remember when I figured out that Thanksgiving has a complicated history. Maybe you do too.