Trinitarian Soundings

Abbey Bound

Every other January learners from Central make their way to Conception Abbey, way up in the northwest corner of Missouri. It is not bleak mid-winter there, for hospitality and reflective worship will… Read more »

Crafting the Future with God

The time between Christmas and New Year’s is rich with opportunity for conversation, reflection, and activities that await this interlude. Sitting around tables longer than we usually do, washing dishes together, and… Read more »

Declaring God’s Glory Among the Nations

Amidst the bustle of last minute preparations, a hush begins to fall in the hearts of those longing for the Christ child. The hope and expectation of Advent now move toward the… Read more »

Singing Songs of Love

It is the music that makes Advent and Christmastide so memorable for me. Of course, I like the fragrance of candles, things baking in the kitchen (little of which I produce), and… Read more »

Weeping, Sowing, and Rejoicing

During this Advent season I am focusing on the Psalms that are selected to accompany the other seasonal readings of Year B. Psalm 126 is one of my favorites, for it has… Read more »

The Nearness of Salvation

Psalm 85 offers lyrical language that seeks to express how good things can be when God puts the world to rights. Forgiveness, the nearness of salvation, and the descending of God’s own… Read more »

The Shining of God

Advent is near, and hope, peace, joy, and love are eager to be born in us. We live our lives in a holy rhythm, often unknowingly, and this season is about seeing… Read more »

A Hidden Reign

We are progressing to the culmination of the Christian Year. We have moved through the seasons of Advent, Christmastide, Epiphany, Lent, Eastertide, Pentecost, and Ordinary Time, which have ordered our days and… Read more »

Respecting the Lived Religion of Others

Religious pluralism is the reality of our time; indeed, the world has always contained persons of widely varied religious experience. Because of differing historical and geographical circumstances, people have found different pathways… Read more »

Preparing for the Coming

The Gospel of Matthew devotes several chapters to Jesus’ prophecies and warnings about the coming Reign of God. In this coming week’s Gospel reading (Matthew 25:1-13), there is an amusing story of… Read more »

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