God’s Kingdom

Trinity Cathedral ColumbiaPreached in Keenan Chapel at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 21 June, 2015, Columbia, South Carolina.

I’ve never before preached from a pulpit here in Keenan Chapel. As many of you know, I’ve almost never used a manuscript. But the words God has for us this morning are too important to be trusted to my fickle, fragile mind; I had to commit them to paper, and I pray that we will receive them with humility, softness of heart, lament, and resolution.

May God take the coal of his holiness and cleanse my lips, that the living Word may take root in all our hearts this morning; through the name of the Living God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Amen. Continue reading

the dark side of the glittering city

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“On what foundation has this glittering city been built? On whose screams? On whose suffering? On whose innocent blood?”

Over on the Covenant Blog this past week, the other Hylden in my house reflected on our achievement-oriented culture and who’s footing the bill for the all our glamor.  (HERE)

image captured by the author; chapel at Mont Saint Michel

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(1) “I think it’s crazy that we don’t talk more about what happens AFTER the big day. ”

I completely agree! More relationship wisdom

Our frenzy over weddings distracts us from the main event: the marriage (that is, the relationship to be cemented over the next several decades).  Just like we allow urgent things all the time (in our work, in our bodies, in our inboxes) to distract us from the important things (our immediate hunger sends us to Chick-Fil-A, while a salad or sandwich from home would be better long-term for both our waistlines & our pocketbooks), weddings can distract us from the long-term, good, & hard work of a firm foundation for a life-long marriage.  This culture is set up to tear people and relationships apart; even the firmest-ly-founded marriage will suffer earthquakes–the least we can do is prepare as much as possible.

 

(2) “…they’re like brothers here,” [Fr. Charles] Wallace said. “The boys look out for one another. They counsel one another and console each other.” This quotation about the St. Thomas choir school, captured in an interview with The Living Church this week reminded me of our own version at Trinity Cathedral in Columbia–shown above.

Like the article and the video show, these choir programs are about singing, but on a much more foundational level for both groups of students they’re about learning who God is and how to recognize God in a journey with companions–their fellow students.  This makes a family; they enjoy deep relationships forged from common work and shared struggle.