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Do you believe in miracles?

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The Virgin Mary in Stained Glass at the Florence Henry Memorial Chapel

Recently on Facebook, I posted a link to a video about Hanukkah with the comment, “Happy Holidays! Do you believe in miracles?” A friend matter-of-factly replied, “No, not really.” That statement was an opening for a discussion. However, the problem with Facebook is that nuanced answers given in postings are almost impossible. Here is an attempt to answer “yes, but” in a meaningful way.

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Lo, he comes

Posted 20 May 2011 by
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Christ of the Ozarks

Harold Camping is not the first person to long for the end of time. What is unfortunate is that Camping is not the first to set a time certain for adjournment. Don’t we all want to escape the problems of this world?

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How to get young people in church

Posted 12 March 2011 by
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How to get young people to come to church

There are many statements made as aphorisms about the subject of getting young people or young adults to come to church. Most have to do with the need to do things that show the church is “with it.” There is someone with experience as a college chaplain that has a list which includes none of the standard items.

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A half-baked absolution for a half-baked confession

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Blessed are the Pure in Heart

The way the 1928 Book of Common Prayer words things still abides with me. Most of the time, the wording provides a memorable, clever, and poetic way to say things. One time, though, the 1928 Book of Common Prayer wording is simply half-baked. And, it was carried into the 1979 Book of Common Prayer.

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Ash Wednesday in the streets

Posted 10 March 2011 by
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Taking it to the streets

What happens when two people wearing black cassocks walk towards you? One person had a smoking thurible (incense burner). The other person had a baby food jar with black ashes in it.

I think I can answer this question from experience.

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Lent and Advent have the best music

Posted 9 March 2011 by
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Flowering trees in Spring

Life is more than happiness. Music needs to be more than happiness to be real and meaningful to life. Here are some Lenten suggestions for you that go beyond “happy, happy, joy, joy.”

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God is not real. God is complex.

Posted 6 February 2011 by
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The Rev. Canon John Fergueson, Rector, Church of the Redeemer

The Rev. Canon John Fergueson is giving three questions for people to think about during the Creed during Ephiphany 2011. They are (1) God is real, (2) God can transform, and (3) I love Jesus. I wish to disagree with statement number 1.

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In joy and terror the Word is born!

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Winter Night

It is popular by some to say that Christmas is all about children, family, and warm feelings. It is not that I am against children, family, and warm feelings, but is that what Christmas is about?

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The manger and the myth

Posted 11 December 2010 by
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Nativity Icon

On Weekend Edition Saturday on December 11, 2010, there was a story about views about the Nativity of Jesus Christ on opposite sides of the Lincoln Tunnel. Atheists, on the New Jersey side, said “You know it’s a myth.” Roman Catholics, on the New York side, said “You know it’s real.” To both sides, I have an answer for you.

Yes.

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Anglican assimilation of Rome

Posted 19 September 2010 by
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Photo of the Blessed John Henry Newman

With the Beatification of John Henry Newman, Anglicanism has almost completed its primary mission since the time of Elizabeth I, the assimilation of Rome. Resistance is futile.

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Web-based training and spirituality

Posted 10 July 2010 by
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Wessington, South Dakota, Water Tower

As a teacher, my encouraged my students to move beyond the knowledge, comprehension, and application levels of learning. I did this through engaging my students personally in the lesson. They developed their own ideas about what they thought was going to happen, and then designed an experiment to prove or disprove their ideas. As a results, they internalized their lessons and learned more than simple fact recitation or programming. So, why would anyone want to teach church doctrine from watching a website?

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The Three in One and One in Three

Posted 30 May 2010 by
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I don’t see the word “understand” anywhere in that sentence. I don’t see the word “understand” anywhere in the Creed of St. Athanasius.

We “worship” one God in Trinity.

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There is no such thing as emerging church

Posted 19 April 2010 by
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What some call “emerging” today is really a standard the part of the church of every age and every place. Not to recognize that means you think that faith is not something that is living and growing. Things that are living and growing are dead.

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I arise today through the strength of Heaven: Earth Day 2010

Posted 15 April 2010 by
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The Deer's Cry (Lorica) of St. Patrick

I find some of my environmental stewardship inspiration from one of the verses of the Lorica of Saint Patrick. A lorica is a monastic prayer said for protection. It is interesting where Patrick finds some of that protection.

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The last temptation

Posted 3 April 2010 by
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Jesus pulling the dead to life

This is the night, when Christ broke the bonds of death and hell, and rose victorious from the grave. What was the last temptation of Christ? I think the Martin Scorsese movie the Last Temptation of Christ says something different from most interpretations I have seen for the movie. For me, I feel that the [...]

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Should I tell the secret?

Posted 1 April 2010 by
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Cover, To Kill A Mockingbird

Today is Maundy Thursday. In the church calendar, it is marked as the institution of the Eucharist (Holy Communion) on the night before Jesus died. But, just as we see on commercials, I have to say, “Wait! There’s more!” It is also the night many churches in the liturgical tradition wash feet. You have seen [...]

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