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 […]

Rev Brad Kenney Colorado Rapids Chaplain

From the Rev: Turning 40

I did it. A couple of weeks ago, I turned the magical 4o years old. Turning 40, it used to be culturally said (in America) that one was officially “over the hill” or entering into the “last half” of one’s life. Nowadays, they say “40 is the new 30” – of course, “they” have never been […]

Rev Brad Kenney Colorado Rapids Chaplain

From the Rev: Like a Sump Pump

Living in Colorado, we’ve experienced quite a bit of rain – more than usual. It’s mid-June and I have yet to turn on the sprinklers to water the yard and my house sump pump is constantly going off and dispelling water into my front lawn. Laying in bed in the quiet of the night, the […]

Rev Brad Kenney Colorado Rapids Chaplain

From the Rev: Beware the ides of March

March 15th. It is a day of historical infamy. Beware the ides of March. The ides of March – a telling time and the phrase was made so popular by Shakespeare’s recounting of the events leading up to Julius Caesar’s assignation in his play so named after the magnanimous Roman emperor whose death is looked […]

Parish the Thought Rev Dr Bob Mayo

Parish the Thought: Good News Starts With Bad

In the Gospel passage for this Sunday John is put in prison as Jesus returns from his time in the wilderness and comes into Galilee, announcing the Good News of the Kingdom of God (Mark 1:9-15). Good news starts with bad news and how central to the Christian faith is this so. We both mourn […]

Rev Dr Bob Mayo Queens Park Rangers Chaplain and Vicar of St Stephen's

Parish the Thought: Light and Darkness

The Gospel for this Sunday is the prologue to John’s Gospel. The light [aka word & life & God] shines in the darkness, and the darkness does not overcome it (John 1:1-14). In Scripture darkness was considered “the second to last plague” (Exodus 10:21), and the location of “weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matt 8:12). […]

From the Rev: New Year, New Resolutions

It’s a new year and with a new year, come new resolutions – whether a goal to lose weight, spend more time with family, become a better soccer player, or to win a championship – all sorts of things make our initial list to try and “resolve.” For the Colorado Rapids, they have some new year […]

Gifts of the Magi as Divine Providence

From the Rev: Divine Providence

As a chaplain and minister, much of how I see and understand the world relates to Divine Providence, sometimes known in theological circles as the sovereignty of God. It happens when someone loses their job, only to find a better one some time later. It happens when a player is out of contract, but ends up […]

From the Rev: Healing the Waywardness

 “I will heal their waywardness    and love them freely,    for my anger has turned away from them.” – The Lord speaking through Hosea to Israel, Hosea 14:4 The words of the prophet Hosea were poignantly delivered to me in the form of a ministry charge during my ordination service. It is a powerful charge – heal their waywardness and love them […]

From the Rev: Rest

While the offseason can mean many things for professional athletes the most integral part of this time is to capitalize on the opportunity to find rest. With the Major League Soccer season beginning preseason preparations in February and the championship game being held in mid-December, there is little true rest to be had for the […]