CM: Ash Wednesday with Mary Chapin Carpenter

Ash Wednesday with Mary Chapin Carpenter Each year, on Ash Wednesday and during Lent, I focus attention on a singer-songwriter or album from the popular culture of my lifetime in which I find echoes of the Lenten journey. In past years we’ve considered the music of Townes Van Zandt, Bob Dylan’s John Wesley Harding, Wilco’s Yankee HotelContinue reading “CM: Ash Wednesday with Mary Chapin Carpenter”

Ash Wednesday with Mary Chapin Carpenter

Ash Wednesday with Mary Chapin Carpenter Each year, on Ash Wednesday and during Lent, I focus attention on a singer-songwriter or album from the popular culture of my lifetime in which I find echoes of the Lenten journey. In past years we’ve considered the music of Townes Van Zandt, Bob Dylan’s John Wesley Harding, Wilco’s Yankee HotelContinue reading “Ash Wednesday with Mary Chapin Carpenter”

CM – Mardi Gras: One way we learn to reverence God

Set apart a tithe of all the yield of your seed that is brought in yearly from the field. In the presence of the Lord your God, in the place that he will choose as a dwelling for his name, you shall eat the tithe of your grain, your wine, and your oil, as wellContinue reading “CM – Mardi Gras: One way we learn to reverence God”

Mardi Gras: One way we learn to reverence God

Set apart a tithe of all the yield of your seed that is brought in yearly from the field. In the presence of the Lord your God, in the place that he will choose as a dwelling for his name, you shall eat the tithe of your grain, your wine, and your oil, as wellContinue reading “Mardi Gras: One way we learn to reverence God”

lent 5 — life and death and food and wine…

Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. • John 12:1-2 • i’m not sure i can imagine an odder scene a miracleContinue reading “lent 5 — life and death and food and wine…”

April Fools on Me: That Insidious Root Sin

April Fools on Me: That Insidious Root Sin Even authentic outrage is influenced by implicit strategic calculations. • Jillian Jordan & David Rand • • • Two psychologists have written an article at the New York Times about Virtue Signaling, a phrase used to counter some of the expressions of moral outrage that are soContinue reading “April Fools on Me: That Insidious Root Sin”

Lent with John Prine: Sam Stone

Lent with John Prine Sam Stone There’s a hole in daddy’s arm where all the money goes And Jesus Christ died for nothin’ I suppose Little pitchers have big ears — don’t stop to count the years Sweet songs never last too long on broken radios Mmm…. • One of John Prine’s saddest songs —Continue reading “Lent with John Prine: Sam Stone”

lent 3 — is time running out?

At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. He asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will allContinue reading “lent 3 — is time running out?”