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Who is Lord? Vigil, personhood, renunciation and baptismal identity, part 2

Coming to the church from Eastern traditions, my personal difficulty was not just in personifying evil, but personifying God. If I am a person, how is God a person? Is Satan a person? Continue reading

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Who is Lord? Vigil, personhood, renunciation and baptismal identity, part 1

Are you ready to renounce your pharoahs and name your true Lord? Continue reading

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“What kind of soup, sir?”

May we respond to the needs of the world around us, with the joy of the Lord emanating from deep within us, that we too may spread a little sunshine into the darkness of the world. Continue reading

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Dunk and dash: the scandal of the “drive-by baptism”

I am convinced that the most hurtful act we can do to the Body is to baptize “because the dress fits,” “because the family is in town,” “because we have had all our kids done here,” or need to “get them done.” Continue reading

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Should ordination be a sacrament?

The particular role of the ordained is imbued with the gifts of the Spirit just as every other particular calling of the baptized is, whether custodian, Sunday school teacher, nurse, chorister, mother, father, paver, social worker, bartender or politician. Why don’t we consecrate them? Continue reading

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Water and blood: the end of religion

The spear in Jesus’ side, this comingled blood and water, represents the blood of God, the life force of God, comingled with the water of creation – flowing out His side, like the temple wall just off in the background. What a connection: Jesus IS the new temple, the old has passed away, animal sacrifice is no more, as Jesus, God, has become the Paschal Lamb – earth and heaven are re-united. Continue reading

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Miracles

We are miracles living within miracles; one hopes we might live our lives faithfully and joyfully responding to this reality. Continue reading

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Becoming Real

What does it look like when the church embraces this version of baptismal life that takes us into the muck? When we are offered, not purity, but truth as the way to lift the burdens of guilt that we so naturally carry? Continue reading

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The Baptism of the Lord

The Baptism of the Lord reveals to us the narrative of the beginning of the call of Jesus, and the triune presence and also reveals what baptism is for us. Continue reading

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Living baptism

How often do you think of your baptism? Is it just a rite you remember, or is it something you are continually called into? Continue reading

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