The Feast of the Ascension of the Lord – May 5

The Feast of the Ascension of the Lord – May 5

Although Ascension is now celebrated in many churches on the 7th Sunday of Easter, the official day is 40 days after Easter Sunday. Ascension doesn’t mean absence; it means sovereignty, exercised through the Spirit. —N.T. Wright From a young age, I was taught...
Dead Bones and Shining Cities: Sixth Sunday of Easter

Dead Bones and Shining Cities: Sixth Sunday of Easter

 The following is a reflection on the lectionary readings for the sixth Sunday of Easter (Year C) : Ezekiel 37:1-14 / John 14:23-29 /Revelation 21:10, 22—22:5. Thus says the Lord God: I am going to open up your graves, and bring you up from your graves…And you shall...

Easter Sunday: Matter matters

God’s new world of justice and joy, of hope for the whole earth, was launched when Jesus came out of the tomb on Easter morning, and I know that he calls us to live in him and by the power of his Spirit and so to be new-creation people here and now, bringing...

New Painting “Love is Our Way”

I’m so very excited that Steve has begun recording in the studio for the new album, Where the Good Way Lies. On the first day, the beautiful song that I could hear him singing was “Love is Our Way”, the very name of my newest painting! Steve asked me...

Palm Sunday: What Makes for Peace

  . As a child I quietly harboured an uneasy dislike for Palm Sunday. The processions, the palm waving, the triumphant chorus: “Blessed is He who comes in the Lord’s own name. Hosanna! Hosanna in the highest!” Triumphalism bothered me then, and it...

A New Album for 2016

Where the Good Way Lies Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way lies, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. —Jeremiah 6:16 My 20th career album is officially out on November 1st, and I am admittedly still...

ASH WEDNESDAY : Deeper Considerations

Dear Reader, The following is Chapter 4 in the Lent collection of reflections found in the Pilgrim Year series: a multi-modal, media rich series of online (mobile device friendly) reflections on the Spirituality of the Christian Calendar year.  I’ve done a fair...

Beginning Lent: Clean Monday

Clean Monday : First Day of Lent (Eastern Rite) -by Steve Bell Dear reader, this is chapter 3, excerpted from the Lent collection of reflections found in the Pilgrim Year collection: a multimedia experience through the seasons of “theological time” – Advent,...

Coming of the Magi: Feast of Epiphany (January 6)

The following is Chapter 2 from the Epiphany collection in my Pilgrim Year collection of devotional, multi-media e-books on the spirituality of the Christian calendar year.  The complete collection—Advent, Christmastide, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, Eastertide and...

Feast of the Nativity

    Jesus — “the splendour of the Father, and the figure of His substance.” When we look into the humble, vulnerable face of the Christ Child, how can we possibly see the “splendour of (God) the Father, and the figure of His...

Here I Am! Contemplate Me.

The following is Chapter 2 from the Christmastide collection in my Pilgrim Year series of devotional, multi-media e-books on the spirituality of the Christian calendar year.  The complete collection—Advent, Christmastide, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, Eastertide and...

Advent: We Are Waiting

“Advent!  …a holy season in which we connect again with our ‘inconsolable longing,’ as C.S. Lewis called it—our yearning for the One who is to come and is also, mysteriously, the One who has come already—come as a child, come as fellow-sufferer, come as...

December 6: The Feast of St. Nicholas

The following is Chapter 3 from the Advent collection in my Pilgrim Year collection of devotional, multi-media e-books on the spirituality of the Christian calendar year.  The complete collection—Advent, Christmastide, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, Eastertide and...

I WILL VOTE FOR CHANGE

I’m not going to tell you who, precisely, I’ll be voting for on Monday because frankly, I don’t yet know.  I realized with a laugh the other day that I’m one of those people who falls under the label “promiscuous voter”—in that I am...

“Cleanse The Thoughts…”

photo: Steve Bell A couple of weeks ago, I gave a retreat to a small group of businessmen who meet regularly to deepen friendships and to help each other to grow in character and faith.   These were all very successful, triple A personality types who carry loads of...

New CD from Alana Levandoski

  Behold I Make All Things New – the new CD by Alana Levandoski released Sept. 2015 Produced by Murray Pulver, Alana Levandoski, Steve Bell Signpost Music This project is what happens when a master-craftswoman and a Christian contemplative meet in the same...
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