February 2012

24 Feb 2012

Out of the Ashes

There is something delicately humbling about the motion that brings the ashen cross to my forehead. Maybe it is because my forehead rarely receives the touch of a fingertip. Maybe it’s the sensation of minute, deliberate lines in separate axes—first vertical, then horizontal. There is...

24 Feb 2012

Faux Gras

You might not believe it, but Mardi Gras 2012 was a source of spiritual growth for me. I know—the terms Mardi Gras and spiritual growth seem mutually exclusive. Folks interested in spiritual issues don’t often associate themselves with Carnival, and it seems contrary to the...

24 Feb 2012

Work Song of a Hypocrite

For the past nine months, I have dedicated a great deal of time and energy to promotion Sabbath. I have emphasized this term in my blog, in every dialogue at every church I’ve visited, and in every aspect of my trip. I have championed the...