Prepping for Ash Wednesday A supplication

By Ken Sehested, borrowing from St. Augustine and Isaiah 55:12 Return to your heart, O you transgressors, and hold fast to the One who made you. Stand with the Beloved and your footing shall be firm. Rest in the Merciful One and you shalt be buoyed. Where do you go along these rugged paths, pilgrim, […]

Joseph

By Ken Sehested Obscured brother consigned to the margins of Incarnation narrative. Carpentry-calloused hands now shield the shame of sagging face, drooping, disgraced. Chiseled lines prematurely sculpting age in youthful countenance. Thoughts of Mary smudge the heart as tears smear the face. Mary. Beloved. Betrothed. Betrayed? Mary. With child. Whose? How, and why? Joseph, companion […]

Sacramental Operative in a Sullied World

By Ken Sehested, originally published last month at Ethics Daily, a publication of the Baptist Center for Ethics We need to recognize, and adjust in appropriate ways, to the fact that we humans maintain a perverse fascination with disaster. I’ll leave it to psychologists to explain why, precisely; but this habit is easily illustrated: From […]

Eastertide: the Outing of the Church

By Ken Sehested (photo right with grandchildren), curator of prayerandpolitiks.org Some years ago, writing in the days leading up to Easter, I realized important though tragic anniversaries arrived in the days immediately following that Sunday. “Even before our resurrection flowers have wilted, we will be confronted again with the presence of evil. Since Easter falls […]

For What Do We Hope

By Ken Sehested (right with grandchildren), whose fluency tends toward poetic expression, in response to our 2019 question, “What is your definition of radical discipleship?”  “Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you: yet do it in gentleness and reverence.” —1 […]