Communication (Page 42)

Communication (Page 42)

Alleluia!

Alleluia! Christ is risen! I am writing this the week after Easter, and my heart is joyful. It was just this last week that you called me to be your new rector. Over the next few months, I’m going to write short articles for the parish newsletter. I want these to be ways we can get to know one another. Please feel free to write responses to me at jasoningalls@gmail.com.…

Why I Don’t Want Racial Reconciliation

This month, I wanted to take a quick break from the series of practical tips I’ve been offering for us as we prepare for our transition, to offer up something that is very near and dear to my heart. Below you’ll find a short op-ed article I wrote last year after the verdict was handed down in the George Zimmerman trial. I share it with you for two reasons. First, as most…

2014 Lenten Series

Meeting Jesus: A New Way to Christ This year’s Lenten Series originates from the poetic writings of the Italian Luigi Santucci. In our brief weekly reflections we will explore fresh ways to consider Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s bold claim: “If Jesus had not lived then our lives would be meaningless, in spite of all the other people whom we know and honor and love.” Guest…

Triangles

When Sue was young, she often saw her parents arguing. Her dad got red-faced and shouted at her mother. Her mother cried and gave in to him. Sue felt sorry for Mother and angry at Dad. After Dad stormed out of the room, Sue tried to comfort her mother. As Sue got older, her mother told her about other incidences of father’s mistreatments. In her teens, Sue began to fight…

Five Ways to Set Our Church Up for Failure

It’s a new year, and we’ve made it through many of the early hurdles of our interim period. The first glimpses of the end are starting to emerge on the horizon. Before you know it, we will have a new Rector, leading this church in new directions, with new ministries (and so forth). Pretty exciting stuff! This also means that, as much as things have changed over the past…

I Will Dwell in the Midst of You

The story of Israel begins in Genesis with this promise: “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you” (Gen. 28.15). There are, in fact, two promises here, both of which will become crucial for the identity of Israel. The first is God’s promise of his…

Merry Christmas

It’s that time of year again. You know the one I’m talking about. The time of year when some Christians start their angry campaigns against those department stores (etc.) that now use the phrase “Happy Holidays” in their advertisements rather than the phrase “Merry Christmas.” You may even know some Christians like this 🙂 . Of course, I’m being a little bit silly. But, if…