Death Cometh: Deconstructing Faith


  “Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust.” Ash Wednesday is a time for remembering our own mortality. Perhaps, that is all we have to cling to. We know death cometh. Is there anything after? There is no way to know for sure. The only thing we know is death. When you look survey your surroundings, […]

The Ashes: A Celebration in Zimbabwe


  The smells. The smoke. The bells. The masses.   The Roman Catholic Cathedral in Gweru, Zimbabwe is constructed to hold as many people as possible. Tonight, I watched thousands pour onto the small wooden benches. Then, the service began.   The words weren’t different. Based on the structure of the service, I could’ve been […]

The Ashes of Rodney Reed


  “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” The words will be repeated over and over again across Texas tomorrow. Texan after Texan will be reminded of their own mortality. In addition to the introspection, I pray that God will add a little outerspection to Ash Wednesday here in Texas and […]

The Push of the Ashes: A Manifesto of Defiance for Clergy Colleagues


  The words of ash and dust on this day are intended to usher us into a space of mourning and repentance toward God…but who is placing the ashes on our churches?  The churches that dot our landscapes have become consistently consistent at discarding the least of these for a false sense of unity.  The […]

apoem: the why of ashe wednesday


  ashes to ashes dust to dust the beginning of when ashes to ashes dust to dust the incarnation of what ashes to ashes dust to dust the end of where ashes to ashes dust to dust the repeat of who ashes to ashes dust to dust the beginning of when-the incarnation of what-the end […]