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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
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The Rt. Rev. V. Eugene Robinson, Bishop of New Hampshire, announced his intention to retire in 2013. May he have stregnth to continue in this calling and into the next.
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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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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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I have a modest proposal on how the Church may participate in the Fremont Solstice Parade in Seattle.
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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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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.
Tagged As: Christianity, Earth Day, Environment, St. Francis, St. Patrick, Stewardship | Categories: Christianity, Environment | Leave a Comment
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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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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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 [...]