Tabletalk – Pastor’s Blog

  • A Liturgical Drama in Three Parts
    A Liturgical Drama in Three Parts
    April 3, 2017 by
    It’s my first real memory of our parish. I remember about ten years ago I drove up to Historic Trinity from Memphis for a buddy of mine’s wedding.  I was a pastoral intern at the time, and had just enough free space to make it to St. Louis for his wedding before heading back to get settled and ready for Sunday worship.  Everything was planned down to the minute. I could have sworn the wedding started at 4:00 pm. I...
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  • Coming Home
    Coming Home
    February 27, 2017 by
    Here it is. Rembrandt’s masterpiece, The Return of the Prodigal Son, which hangs in the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia. He had lost nearly everything he had by the time he painted it. Nearly broke, he would die two years after its completion. I think about Rembrandt’s magnum opus near the beginning of every Lenten season. Its themes leap off the canvas: Repentance, Sonship, Love, Forgiveness, the list goes on. But the one that stands out most to me, as...
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  • The Homilies of our Pets
    The Homilies of our Pets
    February 19, 2017 by
    “Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?” ~Luke 12:24-26 Martin Luther wrote once that, though he’d heard his fair share...
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  • Life Together
    Life Together
    February 12, 2017 by
    “I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong – that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.” (Romans 1:11-12) I love the way St. Paul ends his epistles. With the exception of Galatians, Paul ends every letter to every church with a loving, detailed and precise litany of personal greetings and prayers.  He wants to be with them.  He loves them, and that...
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