living in the resurrection

We live in the time after the resurrection of Jesus. We are called to form and shape our lives by that fact. For us, it is love that is to be the central way of our being. Not fear or distrust or hate, but love. Love for the one different...

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telling Salvation’s story

Tonight we keep watch and are in vigil for the morning. We sit in darkness, confident that the Light will return. We are in-between, in between the death of our Lord yesterday, and the resurrection tomorrow. All week the drama has been building. On Thursday we experienced the gifts of...

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Good Friday

What does one say on this day?  What does one say to make sense of this day?  How can we understand the depths to which humans sunk, killing the Son of God, putting him to death to satisfy our own desires. Good pious religious folks, and cynical religious folks.  Ciaphas,...

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seeking the good stuff

I have a great window in my office which offers me the chance to stare outside for periods of time and observe what is going on.  There is a nice small tree to the left of my office, and I have carefully arranged the bird and squirrel feeder so that...

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on asking for help and not giving up

Lent is always a bit of a challenge for me. I do the typical thing of deciding what I am going to give up, what I am going to take on, and think about how much time I will spend in such holy pursuits as prayer and study. And then...

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on giving up or taking on for lent

I have been reading several articles and blogs recently about how the author doesn’t like the practice of “giving something up” for Lent, and sees the idea of “taking something on” to be a more spiritually rich practice. Mostly I read that “giving up” is about sacrifice and that the...

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on Lent

On Ash Wednesday we are invited into the observance of a holy lent by self-examination and repentance, by prayer, fasting and self-denial, by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word. But why, why do we do this thing? Why does the church believe that Lent is necessary, and how can...

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Feast of the Holy Innocents

The Feast the Holy Innocents, December 28, is an observance that many of my clergy colleagues find troubling.  Who wants to read about the slaughter of children?    As the Gospel according to Matthew tells it, Herod orders all the boys under the age of two in Bethlehem killed in order...

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the light in the darkness

The early Christians knew well what they were doing when they choose to celebrate the birth of Jesus during the time of the winter solstice, at the time of the longest night and then the return of the sun.  I am always amazed by people who think that the early...

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advent meditation

As the season of Advent approached I found myself thinking, “this year, I am not going to write about how Advent is a time for prayerful reflection and preparation for Christmas.” Not that it isn’t both of these things. Advent is most definitely a separate season from Christmas that has...

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