Tag: sin


on hell-fire


This is a marshmallow on a wrought iron roasting-spit, deep in the fires of my woodstove.  The marshmallow had arrived as a s’mores gift box, complete with graham crackers and chocolate.  It was one of those random gifts we rarely receive.  No reason.  No particular occasion.  Just one friend saying...

Righteous Translation


Stoneware Cremains Vessel in two glazes, cone six oxidation with Peacock Ore finial. It is easy to feel frustrated or even angry when things don’t turn out the way we expected.  A dropped vase. A burned cake. A lost job. The end of a marriage. Mushroom soup when the sherry...

The Fall Into Grace


Might we please reconsider the idea that God tells us if we are good or bad? Through disasters or cancers interpreted as celestial discipline? Through clergy telling us, they have interceded on our behalf to pronounce blessing or absolution? Through the ups and downs of “It’s Easter - hurray -...

tea bowls, heavens and hells


  When I sat at my potter’s wheel, and the wheel began to spin, I found myself making tea bowls.  I had no need of them, though some of the great Japanese tea bowls had been on my mind like small children tugging at my clothes… “make us, make us,...

God’s Smoldering love


Russian Sage boarders many of the fields of Little Bird Farm here in New Mexico.  Its silvery-green stalks and lavender-colored flowers give fragrance to the air and color to the land.  It has a mystical quality as well – something ancient and cleansing.  White Sage is most commonly bundled for...

Eve’s Apple


This is a bowl of apples from this farm.  I picked them today for a pie I plan to bake and for my lunch with cheddar cheese and a loaf of hot bread and some chutney. Apples are a complicated fruit in the Bible. The official apple story in the...

sinful desires


  In the Rite of Baptism we renounce things before we turn and embrace things.  One thing we renounce is “sinful desires” and I a wondering about that because i am teaching on the subject in church this week.  Sinful desires.  Never has a topic of discussion more led me...