Christ’s Call to Conscientious Work

What if Jesus isn’t asking you to go out into the deep? We heard the passage in Luke on Sunday of Jesus calling his first disciples. It’s a pretty dense story. (Duh. It’s the Gospel.) I always heard it as saying that heeding the call to follow Christ is analogous to going out into the deep, leaving everything you know…

The Least of These My Brethren

“I was in this gospel choir in prison. They gave me a solo. But my time was up two weeks before the concert. I asked them if I could just stay in until the concert. They said no. I was so sad. It was just two weeks. I figured it would be no big deal, just two weeks. But they…

In Praise of Small Music

Our Western culture has long held that to be truly educated you have to be musically educated. For centuries in the West, most people with sufficient resources received some kind of musical education, both formal and informal. But at some point in the last half-century or so, our cultural values shifted. Now, instead of being something that simply makes you…