A Long Winter’s Nap

Reader’s will recognize this post’s title as a line from “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” more commonly known as “Twas the Night Before Christmas”: And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap, Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap The Lord has been talking to me about resting, and part…

Time Out!

The last couple weeks have been hectic, so I’m taking some time to regroup this week. Feel free to browse past posts, check out the booklets linked to my various pages, or visit some of the blogs I follow (listed at the bottom). If you’re into poetry, you can also visit my poetry blog, awanderingminstrel.com….

Direct Experience of God? (Part 1)

Whether or not we can experience God directly is something Christians have discussed and debated since…I don’t know when. I can’t say from biblical times because it is impossible to read the Bible without seeing that the authors expected to experience God directly and did. But somewhere between now and then, this basic expectation changed….


This post is also available as a podcast: https://anchor.fm/teague-mckamey/episodes/Excommunciated-e1mh1nb “Excommunicate” is a word meaning “exclude from communion.” Ideally, excommunication would be used to eject harmful people from the church as a protective measure. Historically, it has been used for this and for other, less savory reasons. For example: let’s say you’re a powerful church leader…