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Practicing Metanoia

Posted by John, June 23, 2016

In reaction to the horrific murder of 49 persons and the maiming of even more in a nightclub in Orlando, an outpouring of passionate responses—vigils, prayer services, blogs, editorials in the media around the world--including Bishops of the Episcopal Church---have appeared. These responses range from expression of condolence, love and support, to outrage. In all of them is the hope that the time for change has come, that America and Americans of all colors, creeds and faiths will embrace metanoia,

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Bearing the Seeds of New Life

Posted by John, May 4, 2016

One of the more vivid images in scripture is that of the mustard seed, the tiny seed capable of growing into a majestic tree. Jesus offers the mustard seed as a metaphor or illustration suggesting that this tiniest of seeds can produce a great flourishing, abundant shelter for more feathered friends than could be imagined.     

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Beginning again; and again; and again in hopes of change

Posted by John, February 24, 2016

"What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from."  Little Gidding

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What Will You Notice Today?

Posted by John, December 8, 2015

The time of Advent and the days leading up to Christmas is a provocative time.  When I say, provocative, I do not mean the sensation of something provoking us, an irritant when the stressors of the season get under our skin.  But instead and in keeping with the Latin root of the word, provocative (pro-vocare) this is a time to “to call forth” raise one’s voice for something, to lift up one’s voice in support of an issue, cause or concern. 

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Too Much, Too Fast, Too Crazy

Posted by John, November 19, 2015

Advent, the time of preparation for the coming of our Lord at Christmas is an opportunity and a blessing.  By it we are invited to reset our calendars and priorities.  For some, however, beginning a new liturgical year the first Sunday of Advent (Thanksgiving weekend) represents the onset of hustle and bustle, the cacophony of musts and shoulds, as well as regret.  Too much, too fast, too crazy. 

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The Shoe Tree

Posted by John, October 1, 2015

Preaching on the occasion of a wedding is an interesting exercise.  In my experience, whatever words the preacher offers on such a special day for the couple and their families are often “forgotten” in the solemnity of the exchange of sacred vows, as well as the overflowing effervescence and joy of the bride and groom and guests. 

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Keep on Keepin' On

Posted by John, September 9, 2015

Through the course of this summer many of us have had the opportunity to step away from the “usual” and the “everyday” with a bit of what the British call "holiday".  Holiday affords us the time and occasion to explore a bit beyond ourselves, to travel, to see what we have never seen, or perhaps to see something again with newly awakened and opened eyes; to see what’s really there.  For many, holiday is the chance to read. 

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Reflections following last night's Stewardship Meeting at Christ Church

Posted by John, July 15, 2015

At the moment, the Stewardship Committee at Christ Church is a small band of disciples – even now being reconstituted – not knowing exactly what the challenges and obstacles will be found on the road ahead. Like Abraham and Sarah called by God to journey to the land of Canaan even as they were unsure of the way, the Stewardship Committee (and all of us at Christ Church) shall forge forward led by the inspiration and generosity of God. As Abraham and Sarah trusted, even and especially in the face of doubt and bewilderment, they fulfilled God's will. They believed and trusted that God would guide and care for them along the way. (Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1)

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Adam Gopnik

Posted by John, June 10, 2015

Adam Gopnik, a regular contributor to The New Yorker, once wrote an article for the magazine about learning to draw. His story reminds me of many Christians learning to pray.Though one may assume that Christians know how to pray (considered by some a second language), this is far from the truth. Unfortunately, prayer, especially public prayer, makes many Christians cringe.

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From the Smallest of Seeds

Posted by John, May 20, 2015

Many churches, including Christ Church, have established ways and means by which members can plan for and name the church in their estate planning. The Trustees of the Christ Church Foundation have made available materials outlining ways by which we can include Christ Church in our financial directives following our deaths. As well, members of the Foundation are available to advise, pray with and assist all of us whenever we, with some trepidation, turn towards the future and contemplate our deaths.        

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