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Priestly goth is a space for the exploration and working out of being a Christian who is in the World but not of the world.  This exploration is a bit eclectic, like the goth aesthetic itself.

Here are reflections on the Church, the Spiritual life and the gothic subculture as a Christian who identifies as a goth.  Since I am a pastor and spiritual director I wanted to create a space to explore and struggle with issues of church and pastoral care in an age of post-Christendom. 

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Here are also found portfolios of my iconographic work.

I invite the reader to explore with me the world of the priestly goth.

Holy Week, Grief and the Unexpected

As has become our custom at Reconciler, I didn’t preach.  We let the liturgy, the scriptures, sung and read, the hymns preach.  We walk a lot in our Palm Sunday service: We the Palm procession, we also process around to different stations for the reading of the Passion Gospel, we process up to gather around […]

Further reflections on fasting and Lent

As I mentioned in this previous post, I’m a novice when it comes to fasting.  Other spiritual practices I’m much more adept at and find much more congenial.  Since this Lenten fast has been one I’m practicing with the church communities I lead The Oratory of Jesus Christ, Reconciler and the Community of the Holy Trinity […]

Why Fast?

Lent is a time of fasting.  The patterns of fasting for most Christians in the united States today aren’t about complete abstinence from food, at least not in Lent.  Thus, “giving something up for Lent.” I confess that I’m not good at fasting.  The spiritual disciplines I gravitate towards are meditation, solitude, Lectio Divina (alone […]

Seeing the lie behind a truth: Sermon for First Sunday in Lent

Sermon preached for the Oratory of Jesus Christ, Reconciler.  I don’t always post my sermons here but this sermon has a tone and subject matter that fits well within the Cure of Souls thread.  Our approach to Lent at the Oratory is a form of  group spiritual direction around different aspects of Lent and spiritual […]

Icons of the Three Days: Approach the Mystery in Silence

These are the icons in which and around which we live as we celebrate the liturgy of the Three Days: Maundy Thursday as we wash feet and remember the supper we return to again and again in Eucharist. Then we are here at the Cross and Jesus Christ in the Grave: Behold the life-giving Cross. […]

Holy Saturday Reflection – and Silence

Rob Bell has a new book out, and Tripp Hudgins and Adam Ericksen are having a blogalogue about it.  Thought I’d link to my Holy Saturday reflection of two years ago, in which I reference Rob Bell’s Love Wins. Holy Saturday Reflection: Love Wins and Christ’s Descent into Hell(Hades) I haven’t blogged about Holy Week […]

Good(Holy) Friday and the Justice of God

The AngloBaptist is wrestling with today, well with the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth as the will of God.  He says it’s insane.   I agree we enter the Misterium Tremendum most viscerally here on Good Friday.  The mystery of our faith is terrible. we are shaken, it is Holy. Oddly we want to judge God, […]

Enter the Mystery: A Maundy Thursday Sermon

Sermon Preached at Joint Service with Immanuel Lutheran Church and St Elias Christians Church Over the next three days we are in the midst of the great Mysteries of our faith. Mystery not in the sense of something to find out like a detective using deductive logic, Nor even mystery as something that can’t be […]