Tag: Podcast

The Church Survives

A very good friend gifted me with a delightful and nerdy book: A Field Guide to the English Clergy: A Compendium of Diverse Eccentrics, Pirates, Prelates and Adventurers; All Anglican, Some Even Practicing. Written by The Rev. Fergus Butler-Gallie, a reviewer describes the book as “Ridiculously enjoyable” and I agree. The chapters are divided into various galleries…

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All Shall Be Well

This morning, I see several calls for celebration: in our country, it’s Mother’s Day, when we acknowledge mothers and mother figures who have touched our lives. In the Episcopal Church, today marks the commemoration of early Christian mystic and theologian Julian of Norwich, whose words are as relevant and beautiful today as when she wrote them in the 14th century. And…

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Believing is Belonging

On Sunday, low Sunday, we may still be a bit hungover from the intoxicating joy of Easter.  A sugary spirit filled high-on-faith experience fueled by beautiful music, fabulous flowers, chocolate rabbits, and marshmallow peeps – so sweet and so compelling who could deny that day that the Lord is risen. The Lord is risen indeed.  So,…

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Remembrance

MY CONFESSION dear ones in Christ gathered faithfully here at Emmanuel is that my memory is bad lately. Not for names or faces: I’m having trouble sometimes with the day of the week, the month, or even what year it is. Some of that is the weather here in Virginia in April—winter then summer in…

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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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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 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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