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Who are you?

Identity is so very important. May we be aware of who we are as the beloveds of God. May we also be aware that if we give in to the temptation to doubt, question, fear, exclude, fight, or ignore any of the other beloved ones, we depart from the biggest call of our lives: To love God and to love our neighbours as ourselves. Continue reading

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Sorrowful, yet always rejoicing

The language of sin and death doesn’t bode well for filling our pews with newcomers, it would seem. We tactfully tiptoe around these words, somehow afraid that we’re being perceived as exclusive, barn-burner preachers with tightly brill-creamed hair, our voices hoarse with gnashing of teeth and hell fire, waving the holy book above our heads. Continue reading

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Abundant life

Regardless of how we might choose to ignore it, or put it off, or live, all of us are going to die. Continue reading

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Cancer and the cross

Last year, my wife signed her paperwork for Chemotherapy on Maundy Thursday. These are my reflections. Continue reading

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Lets get wasted

Jesus condones the behavior of the wasteful love and devotion shown to him while suggesting “you always have the poor with you.” It would be preposterous to suggest Jesus did not care about the poor, but I think he is inviting us to a deeper reality, a deeper understanding. To say “may thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” is not about our righteous and pious acts, but about God’s holy acts performed through us. Continue reading

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Practical questions

Being loving, compassionate, faithful, and humble are essential for all of us. Still, it’s worth asking whether our day to day choices reflect the ideals of our faith. Continue reading

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Humiliation

The discovery of our less than holy motivations and desires become transformative teaching moments. How many of my choices and actions are motivated by an unchecked need for power, affection or security? Continue reading

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Rending hearts

If we rend our garments and not our hearts, at the end of Lent all we are left with are torn clothes. Nothing will change in our lives. Continue reading

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The Kingdom, the power, and the glory

The Lenten Journey is a path that leads to the deepest parts of ourselves—it addresses us at our most naked places, our deepest motivations and desires, for this is where true healing takes place. Continue reading

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Change us into his likeness

Lent is about journeying into the miraculous freedom of Easter. Fasting and abstinence are not intended to be self improvement plans, like losing 10 pounds for summer swim wear, or to be rewarded for our heroic ascetic achievement. Continue reading

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