Category Archives: reflection

How Can I Have Faith?

There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these … Continue reading

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Immigrants and Refugees: A Call for Compassion

March 02, 2017 you have to understand, that no one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land no one burns their palms under trains beneath carriages no one spends days and nights in … Continue reading

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Exile in Our Own Land

Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. Jeremiah 29:1-7 We knew beforehand that whatever the election’s outcome, … Continue reading

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What Happens After a Decisive Moment

When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face toward Jerusalem. Luke 9:51 Often those who witness another person’s decisive moment don’t recognize it for what it is. Even when the moment is ours, … Continue reading

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The Power of Good Questions

Every once in awhile, a really good question can stop me right in my proverbial tracks and provide rich context for prayer and reflection. I was blessed by two such questions this week. The first question comes from a book … Continue reading

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Perseverance — The Hidden Virtue

Jesus told the disciples a parable about their need to pray always and not lose heart.  Luke 18:1 On the list of personal attributes necessary for someone to make a difference in this world, near the top would surely be … Continue reading

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Growing Young: Churches Reversing the Aging Trend

In my weekly visitations and financial conversations with parish leaders, I often hear variations on two themes: “Our membership is aging but that’s true of all Episcopal churches,” and  “We want to reach out to young people.” It’s true that … Continue reading

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What Faith Is For

Mordechai said to Queen Esther: “Who knows? Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just such a time as this.” The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” The Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of … Continue reading

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One Sentence Sermons, Part 2: Words of Consolation and Challenge

The Lord has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8 Last month, I asked you … Continue reading

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How God Speaks to Us

The word is very near to you; it is in your mouth and in your heart for you to observe. Deuteronomy 30:11-14 Two weeks ago I asked you to write a one-sentence sermon, what you believed God most wants to … Continue reading

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