Tag Archives: mystery

Getting to know Paul

Several months ago I participated in step one of the wider diocesan process of electing a new bishop in what is called ‘Walkabouts’.  The purpose of Walkabouts is for clergy, delegates and members of the Episcopal Church in one region … Continue reading

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Wake up calls from Jesus

Matthew 26:41Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial;* the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.’ I think this admonition from a grieving Jesus to his friends who fell asleep while he … Continue reading

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Not in our imagination, not in a formula either: Both And – the third way – is the way to know God’s Word

Genesis 41:17Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘In my dream I was standing on the banks of the Nile;18and seven cows, fat and sleek, came up out of the Nile and fed in the reed grass. 19Then seven other cows came up … Continue reading

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“Born-again” and small thinking in the loving hands of a very, very big God

The Holy Spirit paused me at so many points along the way in today’s readings.  With each, I reflected out-loud in my scriptural journal, marveling at the questions and challenges put before me by God’s word. My first stop was … Continue reading

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Rhyme and Reason for the Season

Headed into this second week of Advent I was disappointed to see that the New Testament readings were going to join the past week’s Old Testament readings in the prophetic theme of final judgment, the last days, doom, gloom, the … Continue reading

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Things are just not the way we see them: Lift your eyes to the Maker to see

It wasn’t until late in life that I came to believe in Satan as a ‘being’ and not a metaphor, symbol, some imperceivable dark matter or caricature of evil.  Though I had recited for years the baptismal promise to “renounce Satan … Continue reading

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In our blood? I wonder…

One of the books I have been re-reading this summer is one that treats the study of cancer as a biography.  This very bad thing, cancer, has a life of its own: it has a beginning somewhere; its existence impacts both … Continue reading

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