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 […]

First Day of CrossTraining Christmas

Many of us are familiar with the song, The Twelve Days of Christmas. The English Christmas carol recalls the 12 days within the season of Christmas and a different gift for each day. What you may not know is that this song is said to have been a mnemonic device to help Christian children recall certain parts […]

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: On the Road Again

Today marks the 4th consecutive year that the Colorado Rapids, the team where I serve as chaplain, will begin the season campaign on the road. After spending nearly a month away from Colorado during the preseason, for some it is just another trip – part of the grind of professional soccer. For others, those with family, […]

From the Rev: Celtic Advent (Part 3)

Today marks the start of the official Advent season in Western Christianity. However, for a number of years, I have been an advocate for celebrating and observing Celtic Advent. Celtic Advent is not so different from Advent, except that the season is a full 40 days and begins November 15. This allows people to have more […]

From the Rev: Celtic Advent (Part 1)

November 15th – seems like I constantly fight (more like a friendly spar) with my colleagues in ministry – this is the time of Advent! “No, no, no,” they reply. “Advent begins on the first four Sundays before Christmas!” “But Celtic Advent…” (sigh). I find myself often alone in arguing for an earlier start to the […]

Rev Brad Kenney Colorado Rapids Chaplain

From the Rev: Ministry By Walking Around – Part 2

Last week, I shared about my friend who characterizes his ministry work with the phrase Ministry by Walking Around, or MBWA, for short. For a chaplain, or even as a Christian, when we consider why a Ministry by Walking Around  is important I shared about what walking does to us – the slowing, strengthening, and exposure that occurs […]

Timothy Project: Czech Republic 2015 Final Update

The Timothy Project: Czech Republic 2015 final update comes from the team that traveled to the Czech Republic this past summer. If you will recall, CrossTraining – through the Timothy Project – outfitted the team which featured six players and two coaches with indoor soccer balls to use during the indoor portion of the camp. […]

Rev Brad Kenney Colorado Rapids Chaplain

From the Rev: Ministry By Walking Around

I have a friend who characterizes his ministry work with the phrase Ministry by Walking Around, or MBWA, for short. As a chaplain, much of the ministry work we do involves a ministry of presence. We often practice a ministry of presence in practical ways such as in, simply, “walking around.” Allow me to illuminate more of why a Ministry by […]