Advent Meditations- Saturday, December 16

<<Return to Advent Meditations page Psalm 30,32, 42, 43; Haggai 2:1-9; Matt. 24:1-14; Rev. 3:1- On a Wednesday night a few years back, I was at the Continental Club on South Congress. At the end of his set, Jon Dee Graham looked out into the darkened room, and he paused for just a moment, clearly … read more

For All the Saints

This morning, I stood next to Southwest alumnus the Rt. Rev. Greg Rickel, MDiv ’96, as he consecrated the Eucharist at a clergy retreat in Seattle. As I listened to the familiar words, spoken in Greg’s familiar twang, I drifted back in memory to what has turned out to be the pivotal moment of my life: […]

Living in a Resurrection World

  “Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and […]

For All the Saints

It is early January and I am writing at Gladstone’s Library in Northern Wales. The Library is a long way from home—7000 miles, a good two-day journey—but I’ve discovered that I work well here. As any of you who have been on retreat or attended CREDO know, distance can be a good thing as well […]

A Walk in Oxford: or, Remembering about Self-Care

It is sixty-one degrees outside today in Oxford, England, where I am teaching at Christ Church College for the summer. As some of you know, I try to get away from the Austin heat every summer, and I’ve certainly managed that here in Oxford. It has been an amazing opportunity, but like much of the […]

Leaving Lent

Greg Garret (@Greg1Garrett) currently serves as the Writer-in-Residence at Seminary of the Southwest.  As a member of the adjunct faculty of the seminary, Greg helps future leaders of the Church to write, interpret, and communicate effectively. 

I had such big plans for this Lent. After past seasons where I temporarily renounced things (Diet Coke, meat, dessert) or took on things (like the Lent when Cathy Boyd, Billy Tweedie, and I decided to take on bluegrass as a spiritual discipline), I had isolated a practice I thought would be a good fit for this stage of my life, one full of joy and difficulty: I was going to read and re-read the Psalms, and simultaneously to read N. T. Wright’s book The Case for the Psalms, a book on praying and living the Psalms back into the center of our spiritual lives.

That, at least, was my plan.