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Ash Wednesday: Grieving the Rebellion of Our Cancerous World.

by csmith - February 25, 2009 - 2:01 pm

Recently, because my son Noah has been diagnosed with Hodgkins’ lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph system, I’ve been thinking a lot about what cancer is and what it means to live in a world where cancer abounds. Put simply, cancer can be described as rebellion at the cellular level. Typically, as a body need [...]

Lenten Reflection on Isaiah 58.

by csmith - February 25, 2008 - 5:40 pm

[ My friends at Vineyard Central have been reflecting on Isaiah 58, during the season of Lent, so I took their cue and have been doing likewise and these thoughts that have been kicking 'round my head spilled out in words today] For me, the striking thing about Isaiah 58 (and a similar passage, Micah [...]

Our Covenant.

by csmith - December 4, 2007 - 12:11 pm

This post is long overdue, as we completed our work on this covenant back in July. I just have kept forgetting to post it here.  A little background…  In January 2006, we started a conversation to review what it means to be a member of Englewood.  By October 2006, we had started to draft this [...]

Soundtrack to the Advent Season.

by csmith - November 29, 2007 - 12:47 pm

A couple of years ago, our dear friends at Vineyard Central recorded a lovely acoustic cd of music for the advent season that has been passed around Englewood for the last few years.  This is not your traditional Christmas music fare…  The project was organized — and most songs sung — by Janet Pressley-Barr, a [...]

Mother Teresa and the Dark Side

by csmith - September 5, 2007 - 5:06 pm

From the Washington Post ( via Sojourners’ God’s Politics blog): The Torment of Teresa By Michael Gerson Wednesday, September 5, 2007; Page A21 What are we to make of Mother Teresa‘s letters, collected in a new volume called ” Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light,” which reveal decades of spiritual depression, loneliness and doubt? Should [...]