Crossing bridges of faith

Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others Barbara Brown Taylor, HarperOne, 2019. Review by Chris Keating  Barbara Brown Taylor and I have a delightful arrangement. She writes books, and I read them. She is unaware of this arrangement, though I know many others...

Show up. Show interest. Show concern.

By Chris Keating Our reading of the Book of Acts in this Easter season has challenged my thinking about the life of faith and how the church is charged to reach into the world with joy and faith. The stories of the Apostles have always intrigued me, but I will admit...

Rediscovering Mother’s Day

There once was a church that decided the best way to celebrate Mother’s Day was to invite the pastor’s wife to preach the sermon and to include other women as worship leaders. I might point out that primary proponent of this idea was the pastor. He thought it was a...

Feeling the sting

“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” Misty clouds are trying to block the afternoon sunlight, but now and then the sun finds a way to poke through the clouds. Signs of spring are working their way through the muddy mush of the ground’s...

Searching for answers after violence

Orginally posted at www.stltoday.com By Chris Keating  After the shooting ends, the questions begin.  News of the shootings at two New Zealand mosques blew into our lives Friday like the bitter gusts of wind which swept through St. Louis recently. The violence...

“Were You There?” offers guide through struggle and pain

Beginning this week, I’ll be using “Chapel Views” to introduce various resources, practices, and ideas for you to use during Lent. Face it, Lent can be a hard sell. For one thing, we’re fatigued by snow and winter. If you ask a Midwesterner what they want to give up...