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Post date: Apr 5th 2018

For forty days, I refused to say no. Last year for Lent, I decided to say yes to any request. I had only two rules: the request must do no harm, and to keep the practice authentic, I couldn’t tell anyone about it until it was over. 

Post date: Mar 1st 2018

    I am not ignoring you. That is to say, I am not intentionally ignoring you. This year for Lent I’m giving up phone notifications. I know, I know, it sounds like a pretty lame thing to give up. Well, it does to me anyway.

Post date: Feb 1st 2018

    As I’m sure most of you know by now Steve has announced his retirement. You should know that Steve is a tremendous minister, and I am lucky to have worked with him. It is rare to find a minister with such a strong combination of caring, vision and a commitment to shared ministry.

Post date: Jan 2nd 2018

One day I will see my last sunset. I may or may not know it is my last. Every one of us is given no promise except that one sunset will be our last. I fear that making this observation is morbid. I don’t see it that way.

Post date: Dec 13th 2017

    There are two types of linguistics: prescriptive and descriptive (hang with me here, I promise this is interesting). Prescriptive linguistics describes how language should work: never end a sentence with a preposition, for example.

Post date: Nov 4th 2017

Now that I’m back from parental leave, here are my reflections:

Post date: Oct 4th 2017

95 more Theses

by The Reverend Nathan A. Ryan

 1. I’m not entirely sure what I’m doing

 2. It’s OK that we don’t exactly know what we’re doing

 3. Say Yes to life

 4. Sit in the front row sometimes!

 5. Your time is holy

Post date: Sep 2nd 2017

   499 years and 11 months ago a priest got fed up with the way Catholicism was practiced. He wrote out 95 problems he had with the Catholic Church (OK, Ok, actually he articulated 95 propositions for disputation, but 95 problems sounds better).

Post date: Aug 1st 2017

My first real lesson from parenting: be wary of the stories. While my new son is reasonably calm, at least by baby standards, he still cries a lot.

Post date: Jul 1st 2017

I wanted to write this article about how anxious I am about having a child and how grateful I am that this congregation granted me paternity leave.