“The still, small voice.” We often hear this phrase as a reminder that God is not always to be found in the big, the grand and the loud, but oft times in the stillness and quiet. Let that be a reminder to us to allow for times of stillness and quiet. Go for a walk. […]
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Although often forgotten, Trinity Sunday is one of the Principle Feasts of the Episcopal Church. Its origins are uncertain and the early church did not set aside a particular day to celebrate the Trinity. Thomas Beckett was consecrated Archbishop of Canterbury in 1162 in the Sunday after Pentecost and one of his first acts was […]
There were dramatic things at that first Pentecost — a sound like the rush of a wind (when the disciples were inside with the doors locked), tongues as of fire, the disciples transformed from a frightened little band hiding in an upper room to a bunch of bold, street corner preachers, everyone hearing in their […]
Most Christians I know believe the church should be one. Jesus talked about it and prayed for it. However, few Christians are prepared to sacrifice what they are comfortable with for that to happen. Perhaps you have noticed that the Scripture has had a lot to say about unity over the last few weeks. Through […]
It seems that folks want the sense of peace and fulfillment that comes from a spiritual life, but are not ready for the discipline and hard work of the religious life. “I’m spiritual, but not religious,” I suppose meaning “I want to feel connected to something spiritual” but “I don’t want to be committed to […]
We in the church have an odd relationship with heaven. For periods in the history of the church, we’ve acted like heaven was the only thing that mattered — preaching focused on getting in to heaven (by whatever means) and the struggles of this life we just some cosmic downpayment for our reward in heaven. […]
This Sunday is informally known as “Good Shepherd Sunday.” The Collect (prayer) for the day is about Jesus, our Good Shepherd, and the Psalm for the day is the 23rd. Psalm 23 is easily the most well known and beloved of the 150 Psalms. While it is very popular at funerals, it really is an affirmation […]
Most of the religions of the world involve our search for God. That search may be seen as a journey within, or a journey into the expanse of the cosmos, or some other imagery, but the common thread is that God, however envisioned, is separate and must be sought out, while we hope that we may be […]
“I promise. I’ll change.” Such is the cry of many a guy trying not to get kicked to the curb by his wife or girl friend. But women are skeptical, and for good reason. Real life change is hard. The lesson from the book of Acts tells of Peter being brought before the council. This […]
“Suspension of disbelief.” That’s what movie makers strive for. That state of mind where you no longer are even aware that animals don’t really talk, cars don’t explode into giant fireballs with one bullet, and most people don’t actually go from total annoyance with that obnoxious party guest to the greatest love of all time in less […]