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March 21, 2016

One of the major pieces of advice that a priest receives about the first year in a new parish is, “Don’t make too many changes.” In theory this is sound guidance.


But I find myself victim of it on this particular occasion with regard to the readings for today’s liturgy...

March 13, 2016

All of the Gospels tell a story of a woman anointing Jesus.


Matthew and Mark are very similar. They both identify the event taking place at a dinner at the home of Simon the Leper. Neither identifies the woman who anoints Jesus. She is only described as “a woman.”



March 6, 2016

This story that we know so well, that we feel we could recite from memory, is badly named. It would be better known as the parable of the loving father, or at least the parable of the two lost sons.


Let’s place this story in context and see if we can decide which other...

February 28, 2016

O God, you are my God; eagerly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you, my flesh faints for you,
as in a barren and dry land where there is no water.



These words from our Psalm set us on a right path to consider today’s readings.  Were it not for this portal into the mean...

February 21, 2016

Our readings today are very confusing. It’s hard to find anything about them that link them together so that we may find meaning in them.


Our reading from the Hebrew Scriptures tells the story of Abram’s continuing conversation with God about God’s promise to him that...

February 14, 2016


This last week I stumbled across a posting on Facebook by a congregation from the Disciples of Christ, Bixby Knolls Christian Church. My initial thought based on their name was that they were somewhere in holler country, Tennessee or maybe West Virginia.


Meanwhile, he...

February 7, 2016

A friend from seminary had as his Facebook cover photo a picture of himself seated in the quire of Christ Church Oxford. In the picture he is holding a book in his hands and the pages are reflecting a bright light that illuminates his face.


The picture is so captivatin...

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