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The Trinity


Much ink has been spilled on the doctrine of the Trinity. And rightfully so. It’s important and beautiful and formative and at the heart of who we are as Christians.

Here is a great quote by Bishop Kallistos ware on the Trinity
(you can also find a youtube video of B. Ware talking about the Trinity.)

“There is in God genuine diversity as well as true unity. The Christian God is not just a unit but a union, not just unity but community. There is in God something analogous to “society”. He is not a single person, loving himself alone, not a self-contained monad or “The One”. He is trinity: three equal persons, each one dwelling in the other two by virtue of an unceasing movement of mutual love.”

The Orthodox Way, by Kallistos Ware


And the classic Trinity icon by Rublev for vision pondering and prayer.

Rublev Trinity



Trinity Sunday / Music Monday


The journey of Ordinary Time has kicked off!

The 1st Sunday after Pentecost / The 1st Sunday of Ordinary Time is Trinity Sunday!
Maybe you spent some time talking about that in your church on Sunday, maybe not. We’ll be spending the week in the Ordinary Time book pondering the Trinity and you can also follow along on the Ordinary Time Web Guide with a bit of that conversation.

But as I do from time to time on this blog, I shared some tunes today over on the web guide.
Thought I would share them here as well.

trinity_sessionsWell today is a music Monday!
And to make it even more awesome, the music is FREE!

If you aren’t familiar with Noisetrade, now you are and you’re welcome! It’s a site of legally free music! You can tip the band for their tunes (which is always nice to do) but really all they ask is that you spread the word. Pretty easy!

The Verses Project has a few pretty good albums out and one of them happens to be devoted to verses (Bible verses that is) that are Trinitarian in nature.

The Trinity Sessions


So enjoy!



The Ordinary Time Journey has begun…


The Ordinary Time Journey has begun.

The posts over on the web guide ( have started rolling. And hopefully you have picked up your copy of the book and are reading along!

This book is created with 2 tracks in mind…

#1. Start today! Following along with the liturgical calendar and Sunday lectionary readings. Ordinary Time is pretty free flow but there are a few days that commemorate certain folks and some special days. But those things are super minimalistic and lend to a bit more liturgical freedom for this season of the year.

#2. Go with it! For those that are like, “liturgical calendar what?” or “lectionary readings who?” – YES! This book is for you! You can really jump in at any time and following along. I’m setting up the web guide so you you’ll know which posts go with which days.

This book is 13 weeks worth of devotions. Start at any time and track along! Learn the rhythms of abundant life and the ordinary ways of Jesus and his followers.



Pentecost Sunday | We’re close


Yesterday was Pentecost Sunday, which marks the culmination of the Easter season. It’s a pretty big Sunday on the church calendar because it’s the day that marks the birth of the church. That’s a pretty big Sunday! Here are a couple images and prayers to help you think about Pentecost and what God has done through His Holy Spirit. (And click the link above to read a bit more about Pentecost. CRI is a great resource.)

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It is also the Sunday before Trinity Sunday, which is the first Sunday of Ordinary Time! 

So we’re getting close. Our journey is about to begin.  


Ordinary Time, as you will learn if you haven’t already, is simply a counting of Sunday. We get the ordinary of Ordinary Time, not from the ordinary, boring, mundane nature of this time of year but we get it from the word ordinal. Which is a particular way of counting (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.). Ordinary Time is the way we count the Sundays from Pentecost to Advent. They are ordinary Sundays, not much special goes on during this time of year but the focus is really on growth and the learning of what it means to follow Jesus each and every day. If you’ve read the intro of the book you’ve picked this up already. If you haven’t, get a copy today and join the journey, you’ll probably even get it in time for the first Sunday of Ordinary Time.


And here are a couple prayers or Collects for your Pentecost week…

Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

or this

O God, who on this day taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.



Becoming aware of what God is weaving…


A few things collided this morning.

Have you experienced that?

When something is really heavy on my heart and mind it happens often. I think it’s one of tricks of Paul’s admonishment to “think on these things.” I’m not sure God jumps into some kind of hyperdrive mode when I think on good and holy things but I wondering if when we tune our attention to what is good and holy and important, I wonder if we don’t wind up seeing it all over the place because it’s on our mind and we’ve tuned our hearts into it. Maybe it’s a matter of awareness. I liken to when I’m looking to buy a new car, say a Honda Pilot. I all the sudden see Honda Pilots EVERYWHERE! They were probably always there but now they are on my mind and now I am aware of them.


I do think that when I pray about something, anticipating God’s action and my participate, that God does move in ways that God may not have moved if I hadn’t chosen to pray and participate. I believe prayer can move the hand of God. But just as often, maybe way more often actually, God is already moving, doing God’s things when I jump in to participate. I wind up amazed at all the dots that God connects for me, all the things that fall into place and the threads that wind up being woven between worlds and areas and thoughts and prayers — things that I may have thought disconnected and fragmented beofore but now are so obviously connected and integrated… but it’s actually what God was up to all along. That’s how God works ins’t it. God works for shalom. This reality that all things are connected and in their right place. We don’t experience shalom often but when we do we are surprised. We shouldn’t be. This is God’s heart and desire. God is always and already wanting and instigating shalom, peace, rightness, alignment, kintsugi. Sometime we just need to focus, be intentional, BE AWARE and we will witness what God is already doing in our world all around us.

I’m still processing some of things that God is aligning in my head and heart and pondering this thread that I am becoming aware of in my life. I’ll share soon but just the thought that God is living and active in my everyday life, connecting dots, weaving life and love, aligning passions and working for my good is quite an amazing thing!

God is doing the same for you. Think about it.



Good Friday & Black Saturday


The Harrowing of HadesSome people call it Holy Saturday, I prefer Black Saturday. And for the record, one of my least favorite things that churches do these days is to have an Easter service on Saturday night. I get it, I get it. I know why you do it but that doesn’t make it any better.

As I was sitting in my churches Good Friday requiem (which might have been the most amazing music I have ever heard in a church building) I was reflecting on the weekend, I even wrote a few things down in my journal. By Friday night Jesus would have been crucified, dead and buried. His words, “it is finished” would have been said and his last breath would have been breathed. Personally I want to sit there, in the darkness. I want to take in the forsakenness of it all. I want t know that darkness, the quite, that stirring chaos. I want to sit in and become familiar with this space, to become aware of the void and the despair.

Most times we want to jump to Sunday, to resurrection. I hate even speaking the word today. It’s still Saturday. Jesus is still dead. Doing his thing in hell while I sit in my own hell. I don’t want to jump ahead I want to take in this fierce silence.

There are many time in my life and in my struggles where I wondering where God is. I wondering if he has abandoned me. I read the early parts of many of the Psalms and want to stop just before the poet gets to the “but I remember” or “but I will praise you” parts. I can relate to the nagging questions “why have you forsaken me” but in those moments I have a hard time with the remembrance and the praise parts.

You see, I want to sit in the dark silence of Good Friday evening & Black Saturday because it’s here, as I remember this story, as I reenact this narrative that I experience true abandonment. Where with Jesus I can honestly cry out, “Why have you forsaken me.”

I want to be so aware and attuned to this absence so that in all the other moments of life that feel so dry and dark I can sense God’s presence even then. And I can sense it because I know what Black Saturday is like and in all of those other moments I will be able to say, “this isn’t that.”



These thoughts are inspired by Ignatian meditation that encourages us to really live into the text and put ourselves, imaginatively into the stories. This type of thoughtful, imaginative scripture engagement had greatly deepened my life. Try it!



Maundy Thursday — Reflection


holythursday_15c_rusToday is Holy Thursday or Maundy Thursday. A lot goes on here but the primary scripture i’ve been thinking about is John 13:1-15, the story of Jesus washing his disciples feet. Many churches will have a eucharist / communion service that will include a foot washing ceremony. When I was living in Nashville and attending Church of the Redeemer I was able to participate in a few Maundy Thursday service that included foot washing. It was uncomfortable! It was awkward! It was thought provoking. And when all was said and done it was beautiful and deeply moving.

We don’t wash peoples feet. We often don’t love people well. In our culture these things aren’t related but for Jesus he tied these 2 together. Wanting to profoundly love and serve his friends and show them how important it was going to be for them to receive that love and then go and do the same.

Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 11.45.29 AMPray As You Go engages this passage in John today and asked a few poignant questions…

“have ever known that kind of love?”

“Is there someone whose love you find difficult to accept at the moment?”

(image yourself in this story…)
“What do you want to say to Jesus, and what does he want to say to you?”

They close with these two pieces…

“‘I have set you an example’ says Jesus, ‘that you also should do as I have done.’  Speak to Jesus about what this invitation means to you, and how it might become a reality in your life?”

“We adore you o’ Christ and we praise you because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.”

The medition today from Pray As You Go struck me and I wanted to share it. Take 12 minutes today, listen and engage, you won’t regret.

I hope you’re abel to find a good Maundy Thursday service today. Let it prepare you tomorrow, Good Friday and the darkness that follows and the light that is right around the corner!

Grace and epace





Willits Family #2The next big adventure is here…

It is with a ton of excitement and a bit of sadness that I share with you that Andrea and I will be packing up this June and moving north. I will be attending a seminary in Wisconsin — Nashotah House Theological Seminary. We’ll be on campus for the 2015-16 academic year and making big plans for the future!

Our sadness comes from knowing how much we will miss all of the amazing families at our church and all the incredible friends we’ve met in Texas! We’ve been Texans now for over 3 years. It feels like home and we will miss it!

Our family is loved, our kids are well cared for and we have really come to love the people and place in return!

Our year at seminary will be really exciting. Nashotah House is a very unique place and will offer our family a great opportunity to be formed spiritually through prayer, worship and education. There is also a great community of families, students and faculty that we look forward to sharing life with.

We take this step after a lot of thought and prayer.
We sense God leading and we want to follow!

If you know me, you know that I’ve had church planting on my heart for a long time! Andrea and I are beginning to feel like it might just be the time to do that. WOW!! But we want to be ready! Our hope is that Nashotah will be just the right place for us to be formed spiritually and to prepare through prayer and conversation for the adventure of church planting! We’ll be on campus for about one year and then I will finish up my education through their distance program while living in the place we have discerned to plant a church.

In conversations with my Sr. Pastor / Rector, Fr. David Roseberry, he also recommended I pursue this education with my sense of a calling to ordained ministry, leadership and church planting in mind.  So, I’m looking forward to the theological studies and Anglican formation, but Andrea and I are really excited to take this year to pray and dream about church planting.

Our prayer will be where, when, and with whom God might want us to plant a church. Our leaning right now is that we will end up back in McKinney, Texas. McKinney was rated the #1 place to live in America this past year! And we think it just might need a strong new church to participate in God’s mission of love and redemption among the growing population!  We’re open to where God will lead us and who he will put in our path to partner with, but this is what we are currently thinking about and praying about.

It really is exciting!
But it’s a bit scary as well!

We need all the prayer and support you can give!

We are going to be doing fundraising over the next six months to cover some of the tuition and living expenses, so plan on hearing from us.

We also plan on setting up a blog specifically to keep all our friends and family in the loop on how you can pray for us and support us as we embark on this new journey!
(Look for that in the next month!)

We know that God is leading us and that we have a strong community of friends and family that will come alongside us to participate in what God is doing!

We are excited to see how God will lead and provide over these next couple years. Thank you in advance for your prayers and support!

With love and excitement,
Erik and Andrea



LENT 2015 :: An Intro


Lent has become my favorite liturgical season. Not because it’s fun and festive but because it has produced the most significant spiritual growth in my life. One of my proposals is that every liturgical season is a gift from God that enables a person to become fully human and experience spiritual growth in particular ways.

Lent is the space we are given that allows us to experience temptation, difficulty and dryness. We are reminded during Lent that God is not distant when God is quiet and that our difficulty isn’t necessarily because of a problem but rather it may be a preparation.

Either way, because you are human, because you are dust and to dust you will return, you will experience not only the good but the difficult and tempting parts of life.

Lent is God’s gift to us, creating space to experience this while affirming His love for us as He did in the life of Jesus.
So in all of this we share in His suffering and are prepared to participate in His resurrection.

There is a lot more to Lent but those are my thoughts for today. 
I wrote a little Lent devotional book if you want to read a bit more. 
Here is the intro to that book which will briefly introduce you, if you’re not familiar to some of the Lenten basics…
I also plan on blogging every Wednesday about Lent and my experience.

Screen Shot 2015-02-18 at 11.25.50 AMFrom Lent…

Lent is the time in the Christian year that leads us to Easter and our celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. For most of my Christian life, I was aware of Lent but didn’t engage in the creative aspects Christians have participated in for hundreds of years. However, for the past several years, my engagement in Lenten exercises has provided water for my thirsty soul. Lent is usually a period marked by prayer, penitential activities, helping those in need and radical self-denial.
I have simplified those ideas in my own life focusing on three things. With the hope and expectation of participating in the resurrection, during Lent I will:
• add something,
• subtract something, and
• spend intentional time in self examination.

And here is a prayer to begin your Lenten season
(and I hope you will find a community to experience an Ash Wednesday service today. You won’t regret it.)

From the 1979 Book of Common Prayer
Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.