Trinitarian Soundings

Prayer in the Present Chaos

The Gospel reading for next Sunday is one of Jesus’ most provocative parables. Luke 18:1-8 recounts this teaching, which was for the purpose of encouraging them to “pray always and not lose… Read more »


Enlarging the Table

Yesterday was World Communion Sunday, a time when the varied churches think about the hope of Eucharistic unity. Around the world churches reflected on the reality of how large the table really… Read more »


Central Alums Ministering in Wisconsin

On Friday and Saturday I traveled to the “north woods” for the 172nd annual gathering of the American Baptists of Wisconsin. Held at Camp Tamarack in Waupaca, the meeting was a blessed… Read more »


Prayer and Politics

The apostolic writer urges “that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable… Read more »


Saying Goodbye to a Spiritual Friend

Over the weekend I learned that Abbot Gregory of Conception Abbey has been elected the Abbot Primate for the Benedictines. He will represent this confederation in the Vatican as well as foster… Read more »


The Dignity of Meaningful Work

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is the last hurrah of summer, time to watch the US Open Tennis, and the start of the final days of the presidential election. It… Read more »


The Changing Profile of Christian Leadership

Faculty retreat provides time to look ahead at what is next in theological education and what the seminary needs to do to prepare creative leaders for the church and community. During our… Read more »


Who is Welcome in Christ’s New Community?

The simple answer is everyone. I am returning from a groundbreaking conference on human sexuality that was held at our sister school in Yangon, Myanmar. Co-sponsored by Central and Myanmar Institute of… Read more »


Empowering Women for Ministry

Why would we launch a new Women’s Leadership Initiative cohort at a men’s Benedictine monastery? Does that not seem rather counter-intuitive? Praying for several days with a community whose doctrine expressly forbids… Read more »


How Do We Interpret the Present Time?

Preachers following the lectionary will find an unnerving Gospel text for next Sunday. Toward the end of Luke 12, Jesus unloads a scathing critique against the crowds who casually follow him, but… Read more »