Church Draft Roundup

Dome Auto Cor

Well, the books are closed on the Ecclesiastical Draft for 2010. My completed draft board looks like this: Rd 1: Ignatius of Loyola Rd 2: Gregory the Great Rd 3: Phoebe Palmer Rd 4: Julian of Norwich Rd 5: JRR Tolkien Rd 6: Janani Luwum Rd 7: the Alexandrian Washerwoman I’m exceedingly pleased with the […]


Church Draft 2010


I’m pleased to be participating in the 2010 Ecclesiastical Draft — Round 2 just wrapped up with some sleeper picks, and it’ll be interesting how Rounds 3-7 play out. This is the brainchild of Drew Ludwig, who has put together a terrific NFL-style marathon! So far I’ve picked 2 significant historical figures in church history: […]


Teach Me To Live…

An often-sung evening hymn is the post-Reformation English chorus that appears in our United Methodist Hymnal at # 682: “All praise to thee, my God, this night.” Of its many beautiful phrases that match the famous “Tallis Canon” tune (meant to be sung in a round, like “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”) my favorite is: […]


Rievaulx Abbey

Yesterday was the feast day of St Aelred of Rievaulx; you can read about his monastic leadership and reflections on love and friendship here. I had the good fortune to visit Rievaulx Abbey (Yorkshire, UK) on a snowy evening in late December 2005, and took this picture, which might just be my favorite from that […]


Hugh of Lincoln

Lincoln Cathedral

Reflecting on the life of Hugh of Lincoln (November 17), and learning lessons from this lesser-known saint: wisdom, creativity, good stewardship, faithfulness, and justice.


Brother Roger (August 16)

Brother Roger at Prayer, 2003 Four years ago today, Christie, Ben, and I got off the airplane in England: our home for a year. As we had lunch with one of my colleagues in our new kitchen just a few days later, Sara shared that Brother Roger, the founder and leader of the Taize Community […]