It is so easy to miss the Collect of the Day. It breezes by before the service is hardly even underway. But the Collects are often a treasure of both doctrine and pastoral wisdom. By the way, they are called “Collects” because they “collect” the prayers of the people. The Collect for this Sunday is […]
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Even with all the freedoms we enjoy as Christians in America, there are some elements of our culture that are in direct conflict with Christian faith. I’m not talking about a direct war on Christian freedoms, but rather about assumptions ingrained in our culture that are so much a part of us that it is […]
Sunday we will hear the “Ten Commandments,” the quintessential statement of the law (click here to read the passage). In general, laws and rules have a bad reputation today. They are restrictive, repressive, and often just seen as leftovers from a bygone, and less enlightened, era. So, what are we to think when we come […]
Dear Friends, The season of Lent recognizes that there are no “quick fixes” in the Christian life. Real and serious problems take time, effort and commitment to address. Life change is slow and difficult. We think of Lent as a time devoted to self-examination and Christian discipline, and this has always been a part of […]
What’s in a name? In this Sunday’s lesson from the book of Genesis, we read of God’s covenant with Abram, and in the process, he is renamed Abraham. Abram simply means “father,” but Abraham, the text tells us, marks him as “father of a multitude” or “father of many nations.” There are other instances of […]
The liturgy for Ash Wednesday reminds us that “The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them by a season of penitence and fasting.” Further, we are told that we observe a holy Lent “by self-examination and […]
This Sunday will be the “Last Sunday after the Epiphany.” As is the tradition every year, we will hear of the “Transfiguration” of Jesus, one of the last events before he starts making His way to Jerusalem for the final dramatic days leading up to the Crucifixion and Resurrection. The Transfiguration is one of those […]
As a nation and a people, we place a very high value on freedom and self- determination. And well we should. Governments should, indeed, strive for freedom for their people. Of course, freedom is never absolute because my freedoms may impact the freedoms of others. My freedom to drink and drive impinges on the safety […]
“Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” The line comes from the 1970 novel and film “Love Story,” written by Erich Segal, and has been both repeated and mocked ever since. While it may sound terribly romantic, I think we must admit that at the deepest level, it is not true. In a loving […]
Authority. We like having it, but we don’t like someone else having it over us. We have been reading from the first chapter of Mark, and one of the key things Mark is trying to accomplish here is to establish Jesus’ authority. He does this first by tying Jesus to the prophecy of Isaiah, then […]