Let’s Create a Preaching Renaissance
Weekly powerhouse sermons based on the traditional lectionary.
Interactive metaphor-rich sermons based on the new Story Lectionary along with Image Exegesis.
Having a ticket to ride is not about being first in line.
My Prayer For You
Hail to Thee! True body sprung
From the Virgin Mary’s womb!
The same that on the cross was hung
And bore for man the bitter doom.
Thou Whose side was pierced and flowed
Both with water and with blood;
Suffer us to taste of Thee
In our life’s last agony.
O kind, O loving One!
O Jesus, Mary’s Son!
–“Hail to Thee, True Body Sprung” by Thomas Aquinas
Sound Theology with Colleen Butcher
To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time. —Leonard Bernstein This well-known quote by American-born composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein usually elicits laughter; partly because of its wittiness, but mostly because...read more
The Open Table
The Greatest Showman, starring Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, and Zac Efron, rated PG
–Review by Ashley Linne
If you enjoy musicals such as Moulin Rouge or Newsies, you will love The Greatest Showman. If you hate musicals, you will still enjoy The Greatest Showman, but you’ll have to suspend disbelief a little more than the rest of us. (Said with a smile!) Hugh Jackman shines in this adaptation of the visionary P. T. Barnum’s origin story.
The film is visually stunning from costumes to choreography, and the music is spectacular and moving. I am going to have the soundtrack on repeat for a while. A whole review could be written on the song lyrics alone!
The Greatest Showman tells a tale from the past but explores several pertinent and relevant themes to our culture today. The ones that stood out to me the brightest were those of belonging and being chosen. read more…