You don’t always get … what you expect.

That’s true so often (in my experience) in our relationship with God.

But this morning I’m really only thinking about the service I attended at Trinity Cathedral (in Sacramento). (more…)

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So, a few nods to 9/11:

First, a sermon (video) by Dean Brian Baker of Trinity Cathedral in Sacramento that you can access here.

Next, a poem/prayer by Maya Angelou on Jim Richardson’s Fiat Lux which you can find here (as well as an earlier sermon, if you are interested, further down in the blog, by the Rev. Dr. Michael Suarez).

There is a sermon on the Sarcastic Lutheran site you can find here.

Finally, a prayer I wrote (but did not use) for the day:

A Prayer on the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11 (more…)

Found this on Brian Baker’s blog (he found it on You Tube).  It will NOT be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s a powerful rant.  Click here to see it.  (I note that there is definite language in this video.)

One of the things I love about being a Christian is I can go deeper down the rabbit hole.  I keep having new aha’s, often fueled by the fact that I have to do lots of reading and thinking to prepare for the next sermon.  I had a new insight into the resurrection when I was preparing for my Easter sermon.

Here’s an overview of my evolving understanding of the meaning of the Resurrection. (more…)

From Dean Baker’s blog:

Here’s what I wrote for this week’s enewsletter:

On Tuesday night the vestry concluded its discussion of Stephanie Speller’s Radical Welcome.   I chose this book because it focused on a core value of Trinity Cathedral – openness.   (more…)

Well, I’ve been down this week with a mild flu.  And I’ve done what I’m supposed to do — which is stay home and not expose others.  One of the prices is that I missed Diana Butler Bass coming to Trinity Cathedral (which was very big on my agenda).  About all I can do is read about it.  And share.  The following is Dean Baker’s blog account of being there: (more…)

Dean Baker says

You know that society is moving toward the acceptance of gay relationships when Joint Force Quarterly , a prestigious journal published by the National Defense University Press for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff gives the top prize in its 2009 essay contest to a systematic dissection of the U. S. Military’s policy of Don’t Ask. Don’t tell.

Col. Om Prakash of the U. S. Air Force wrote “The Efficacy of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” while a student at the National War College.

You can find the final paragraph of the essay in his piece here.