“Something Holier”

NOTE: This post is the first in a new series: “From the Desk of” featuring theological reflection and a Christian response to current events and the state of the world. Like many of you, Joani’s recent homily “Ticked at God” elicited many thoughts and conversations in our family.  In advance of an upcoming conversation on this…

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Good Housekeeping

The 31st chapter of the Book of Proverbs presents us today with the resume of a “spiritual Martha Stewart.” Telford Work, in Feasting on the Word, characterizes it as “an impossible job description…she makes her own clothes; she gets up in the middle of the night to get everyone else going; she takes care of…

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The Power of Words

As you know, it’s unusual for me to focus more on one of the other Sunday readings, when ordinarily I focus on the Gospel.  Today’s reading from the Book of James was just too intriguing for me to pass up. James refers to the blessings and curses which come from the use of our tongues…

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Noisy Christians

You may already know this about me but I am not by nature a quiet person. Third child in a household of six, I had to speak up loud and clear to be heard. An extrovert par excellence, I feel compelled to fill awkward silences in awkward conversations. An extrovert, who also happens to have…

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I Need the Bread of Life

Bread and more bread huh? Every three years in our lectionary cycle we have a summer of “Bread of life” sermons from Jesus in John’s Gospel. Now many Episcopalians are not at church during this time but since I have been a priest in training or a new priest or a supply priest for the…

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Mother Jesus

Offensive. It is amazing how little our culture finds offensive: in films, on the internet, on primetime, cable, and streaming TV. There’s a cornucopia of binge-worthy series to watch with all kinds of sketchy situations and deliciously salacious scenarios. (Which I am totally guilty of watching myself!😊) Now I am no prude. I do not…

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