Numerous members of the heavenly host persevered, endured, and evangelized through far FAR worse. Quite likely they are having a good laugh at the luxury of my puffball persecutions.Read more
Author: Alan Hommerding
Mission/Evangelization and Colonialism/Imperialism
As with so many other matters, who we define as “the lost” can have numerous threads of racial supremacy, cultural colonialism, sacral imperialism, and other biases woven into its warp and woof.Read more
Veni, Respiratio Spiritus!
“And with that he breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’ ” (John 20:22). I recall hearing this verse on Easter II 2020, and how it tickled my ears in a new way; even moreso in 2021, with a year-plus under my belt of living and attempting to minister in the world of an airborne virus.Read more
Where Two or Three Are Gathered . . . Then What?
Perhaps our real problem with grasping the topsy-turviness of the resurrection accounts is that we look at them as the final chapters of the gospels, and therefore we think that they are endings.Read more
In the Presence of the Angels
Angels are—first and foremost, above all else—messengers of the working out of the will of God.Read more
The Game of Lent
As the Scottish poet Robert Burns observed, to see ourselves as others see us is God’s greatest gift, and the Simpson household has certainly helped me do that.Read more
King Jesus Is a-Listenin’
Time and space are hallmarks in African American worship. The people gather to receive the Word and Sacrament. Movement from Khronos time (human time) to Kyros time (God time) occurs.Read more
The Word became flesh . . . so what?
If the Word matters, then words matter.Read more
It is our acting and working together in our liturgical prayer that ought to be mirrored in our acting and working together for justice.Read more
We need to remember that the fourth and final action of the eucharistic celebration is mission. When we do so, we may find our work reflected in and enriched by our liturgical prayer. Thus the dialogue between life and liturgy can bear fruit for the reign of God.Read more