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.
Here are also found portfolios of my iconographic work.
I invite the reader to explore with me the world of the priestly goth.
How are we to hear the parabolic speech of Christ and God as our shepherd? “The Lord is my shepherd…” and “I am the Good Shepherd…”? In these passages of the third week of Easter and in the image of the Good Shepherd we are directed to attend to hearing and speech: “…they will listen to […]
Mystagogy for the Third Week of Easter: The Meaning of God’s Union with Humanity (For the first in this Easter mystagogy series see The Doubt of Thomas the Twin) We are encouraged in the texts for the third Sunday of Easter to revel in the joyful astonishment of the Resurrection and to ecstatically contemplate the […]
The lectionary each season of Easter brings us back to the same texts. Lent has a similar structure but there is a little more variation between each year in the three year cycle, while for Easter we read the same passages from the Book of Acts and the Gospel of John. This all is related […]
Yesterday, I had an appointment with someone, in the conversation my being pastor came up (it wasn’t about anything church or religiously affiliated), but that we met on Maundy Thursday, nor that today was Good Friday came up in the conversation. The person whom I met seemed to have no sense that I as a […]
This is the third post in what seems to be the beginning of series of posts on Liturgy and Worship. The first in this series can be found here, the second is mentioned in the first paragraph below. LEK 3/13/05. In my previous post on liturgy and the Liturgists and Phil Kline, I was feeling […]
I recently completed to miniature icons one of Jesus Christ as Sophia/Wisdom known as the Holy Silence or blessed silence. and the icon of Saint Mary Magdalene Apostle to the Apostles both icons are related to enlightenment and wisdom. The icon of the Holy Silence represents Jesus Christ as Wisdom, or as Paul says the Wisdom […]
In the past here at Priestly Goth, I’ve taken Lent to offer up my reflections on this time of fasting, penitence and Self-Reflection. This Lent my writing is focused on worship liturgy and tradition (continuing reflections begun here and here) , and human sexuality . However, I thought as we conclude the first full week […]
This post is turning out to be the second post in a larger line of thinking that began with Cultural Identity and Expression in Worship and, another post on Phil Kline and The Liturgists, The House and the Smoothie: John the Revelator and The Liturgists. LEK, 3/13/15 Gungor and the Liturgists at first glance speak my language. […]
My Covenant Colleague Josef Rasheed‘s recent post about worship and cultural identity beautifully and gracefully articulates the role cultural expression plays in worship as well as its dynamic complexity. However, I am aware a white pastor saying some of the same things would come off very differently (this isn’t a complaint, there are very legitimate reasons […]
Recently it has come to light that Holly Hobby Lobby who posed in a photo with automatic riffle in one hand and the bible in the other, proclaiming her love of God, country, guns, and “family values,” had an adulterous affair with a video editor fo the Tea Party News. I’m not surprised. Not because I […]
Yesterday was the feast of the Epiphany. In the west this feast is the celebration of the arrival of the Magi and their adoration of the infant Jesus of Nazareth presenting him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. In the east the Epiphany is the feast of the baptism of Christ in the river Jordan, […]
For a time, as a child in the 1970’s, I lived on or near my grandparents farm. The farm was forty acres of fruit trees and grapevines in which I, with my sister and cousins, freely roamed and played in. There were few rules, one of them was that we weren’t to bother or speak to the farm workers. […]
Once again this year at the North Park Theological Seminary Symposium on the Theological Interpretation of Scripture (this years theme The Human Response to God) I have found my thoughts turning to privilege. Some of the presenters have directly or indirectly addressed the problems of privileging certain aspects of the human over others which then […]
Recently discussion of Lillian Daniel’s essay in 2011 and subsequent book on the Spiritual but not Religious (SBNR) and the need for institutional religious community, has been appearing in my social media streams and in a few blog posts. This has dovetailed with two books I’d picked up recently. I wasn’t surprised but, I’m finding that […]
Today is Holy Saturday, I generally try to let the silence of this day settle in. We wait on this day. It is the last day of the Lenten fast. Any who have been fasting are probably weary of it by now. We have come to the end. There is a deathly silence to this […]
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 […]
Donald Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz has recently made a stir admitting he rarely attends church and when he does he doesn’t really get much out of it. Miller says he can worship God in other ways, and other means of intimacy with God suit him better than the corporate worship of a local […]
I was introduced to the work of Georges Florovsky in seminary. I was discussing Eastern Orthodoxy with my History professor Phil Anderson. Something in what I said clued him into that I was missing something about Orthodoxy and its history. He asked if I had read (knowing I hadn’t) Georges Florovsky. I immediately found his […]
I’ve gathered From my Twitter feed the role of beauty and cathedrals was addressed at Emergence Christianity – A National Convention( #EC13 #BigTickle) . This Luther quote was thrown out there as an answer to the problem (though it is only a problem for a certain mindset admittedly dominant among Protestants): “The people need beauty as well […]
Part 1 is found here Do praise bands have to be loud and the center of a worship service? If the band simply, with no frills, leads singing in a congregation does it cease to be a praise band? I am puzzled that James Smith’s critique (“encouragement to think about the what of worship”) was taken as […]
Over at Fors Clavigera, James K. A. Smith‘s “Open Letter to Praise Bands” has caused a bit of a stir I think. At least it has among the group of Evangelical Covenant worship leader, worship pastors, and pastors (who like me plan worship each Sunday). The stir relates to another conversation that has been […]