Category: The Episcopal Church

My Best Friend

“Who Do You Say That I Am?” Lenten Series Post #8 When I think of Jesus asking, “Who do you say that I am?”, the answer comes quickly: you’re my best friend. It’s a simple answer from as far back as I can remember.  I grew up in the Catholic church, and when my family…

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The Prodigal(S)

Arguably the most famous parable Jesus ever told, the prodigal son is an incredible story.  Charles Dickens said,  “It is the finest short story ever written.” Yet despite its popularity many of us might have missed the timeless meaning in this parable for us today.  The Context Of The Prodigal Son  To understand the meaning…

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Entangled

Who Do You Say That I Am? Lenten Series Post #7 In Matthew: 16, Mark: 8 and Luke: 9, Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do the people say I am?” He followed that question with, “Who do you think I am?” It’s sort of strange, these questions, because clearly Jesus knew who he was. Still…

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Patience + Manure = Hope

In ancient of days, rabbis had myriad ways to read the Torah. Using their imaginations, they would scour the scriptures looking for meaning between the lines and in the spaces between the words. It’s called “midrash” and here is one of my favorites by Rabbi Marc Gellman. “When God set out to pick a leader…

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A Glimpse of the Hereafter

Who Do Say That I Am? Lenten Series Post #5 I worked with Hospice for eleven years and I had many experiences walking with the Lord. Dying is an interesting business as a counselor on the outside looking in. I was fortunate to hold the hands of many of the dying, in all of them…

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A Devilish Dilemma

In last week’s Gospel we read how the devil attacked Jesus in what arguably could be thought of as one of the hardest times in Jesus’ life … when Jesus was in the desert and tempted over and over and over again by the devil.  This week’s Gospel, however, shows us how the devil also…

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What a Friend We Have in Jesus

Who Do Say That I Am? Lenten Series Post #4 Names are powerful.  How we define ourselves or others defines how we see the world.  She/Her or They/Them.  Democrat or Republican.  Patriot or Traitor. Heretic or Savior.   And in our current world, most people are emphatically sure that they are correct. “Who do you say that I am?”  “You are the…

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