Sonnet #44 – 2nd Carnival sonnet, an upside-down sonnet

Sonnet #44 – 2nd Carnival sonnet, an upside-down sonnet. To be read top to bottom, and bottom to top. T’is He Who turned our planet upside-down upon the cross of Christ, the Holy Clown and I would be remiss were I not glad Though sad the sight of Him whose skin was flayed So now … More Sonnet #44 – 2nd Carnival sonnet, an upside-down sonnet

30 Years of Swimming Upstream? Halloween, Culture and Church Life

For the last 30 years, I have been swimming upstream, but it seems that the tide is changing. Perhaps, I have not been swimming upstream after all. Like the tidal surge that reaches far upstream in rivers like the Amazon, the Severn and the Wye, and the Qiangtang it could be that the river was … More 30 Years of Swimming Upstream? Halloween, Culture and Church Life

Festival Micro-Church Planting: UK 2016

One month until we head to the UK. The 5-6 week outreach involving three festivals, and preparations for future events in North Wales is now in its second year. An art installation at one festival, philosophy/theology discussions and debates at two others, dream interpretation and spiritual healing ministry at all events, and ongoing ministry to … More Festival Micro-Church Planting: UK 2016

Halloween for Christians: How to Respond to It

Halloween has become one of the largest, most influential holidays in America, and is gaining ground in other countries as well. It is a day filled with costuming, horror images, candy, and community openness. That combination seems strangely out of synch with sensibility at first glance, but those issues may not be as far apart … More Halloween for Christians: How to Respond to It