From the Rev: Giving Up

It’s the season of Lent. A period of 40 days (not including Sundays) before Easter. During Lent, Christians focus on three different things — fasting, prayers of repentance, and giving to the poor. There are two spaces that usually occur during Lent, a space of giving up and a space of filling in. I liken […]

From the Rev: “What do you want?”

The first chapter of the Gospel According to John has one of those “awkward” moments. Jesus has been baptized by John. The first disciples of Jesus are starting to come around him. We notice that the first two to follow Jesus, do just that — they literally follow him. The text (verse 38) narrates the awkward […]

From the Rev: The Legitimacy of Sports Chaplaincy

A recent conversation went something like this: “What do you do?” “I am a sports chaplain. I serve as chaplain for a professional football (soccer) team.” “Is that a real thing?” It’s not the first time that my current vocational calling as been brought into question. It’s a curiosity for many people — inside and […]

From the Rev: Like Rain, on Your Wedding Day…

I recently had the privilege of conducting a wedding for one of the athletes I serve. The venue was exquisite. The bride, beautiful. The family and friends gathered, excited and joy-filled. And then, the rains came. Tropical downpour, just hours before the ceremony was to start. An outdoor wedding, there were not many options for […]

From the Rev: Surgery Waiting

One of my duties as chaplain is to visit athletes and be with them and their families before surgery. This past weekend, I found myself in surgery waiting as my middle daughter, Caley (10), had appendicitis. It is one thing to be with people and their families prior to surgery. I have spent countless hours in […]

From the Rev: M is for Marisa

Marisa Colaiano was someone dear to the Colorado Rapids family. As part of the Rapids’ organization for nearly 10 years, she led the Rapids’ efforts to build relationships within the community. Her death in 2012 at a young age due to Multiple sclerosis was difficult for family, friends, and staff of the Rapids organization. It can […]

From the Rev: An American in Scotland

Take a good look – it’s unlikely that you will ever see a photo like this again. Yes, that’s me (on the right) in a kilt. Or, as my daughters like to say, “Daddy’s in a dress.” My wife, Adriana, and I recently had the privilege to attend a Scottish wedding. Gerrard Street Baptist in […]

From the Rev: An Ingathering

I haven’t written a From the Rev since before Easter and to be honest, I haven’t really wanted to. Beginning with the news of Dr. Jim Dixon’s death on Wednesday, March 23 (which in some circles is known as Spy Wednesday) until even recently, there has been a number of significant deaths within the Christian community […]

From the Rev: Palm Sunday

I have heard people muse, “What sport would Jesus play?” Some say, baseball – the timeless game which is counter to life after the industrial revolution. Some say, surfing – after all Jesus walked on the waters of the Sea of Galilee. Some say football (soccer), as it is the ‘beautiful game’ and the most like […]

From the Rev: Home Sweet Home

It’s amazing the difference at playing at home and on the road. The old adage is true: Home Sweet Home. As last night the Colorado Rapids, the team where I serve as chaplain, won their home opener in the last seconds of the game. The crowd was sent home with a frenzied excitement. The opposing […]