Not so Insane

One night my wife, Marlene, and I sat down to watch a video titled “My Dog Skip”. Now anyone that even barely knows us knows that we are great animal lovers. We have a border collie, four cats, and once had  50 or so tropical fish. As we put the DVD in the player I […]

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We recently celebrated the 500 anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and I have cause wonder at how applicable the story of Jonah is for that day, today (Anglicans too). Jonah was a real man who lived in a real place at a specific time in redemptive history. He was a man, a prophet, whose story […]

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The Repentance Party

A few years back family and I had an opportunity to visit some friends in New Mexico. We love to travel and when we do we often stay in motels and then do something we are not able to do at home; watch network television. So one Thursday evening found us in Santa Fe, New […]

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Formalism

When talking about (or decrying) things like “religious formalism”, it is important to define what we mean by the phrase. A good place to start is by considering what we do not mean, or what we cannot mean. First, let us look at “religion”. In this essay, the words “religion” and “Christianity” are synonymous. Formalism […]

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Who Baptized You?

Probably more than any other religion Christianity, and Christians, enjoy debate and argument, and often debate and argue about the basics of the faith. Take for instance the sacraments and among Protestants and even Anglicans especially one in particular: Baptism. Questions on the topic abound, but as I think about the subject most, if not […]

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What to do with the Homily

You may have heard it said, “Prayer changes things, and sometimes the thing it changes is you”. This is a true saying and one most can relate to personally, for it is often the case that the thing that needs changing most is our perspective. Now interestingly this (the need for a change in perspective) […]

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Forgiveness

So, according to the last half of Matthew 18, we are to seek reconciliation when sinned against, which means confronting the one who has sinned against us and forgiving the repentant brother or sister from the heart. Yet, what are we to do when the same person sins the same sin against the same person […]

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Suffering in Romans

Romans Chapter 8 begins with the proclamation of “no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus”. No condemnation, none, zero, zilch; a statement that is at once of supreme comfort (to those in Christ), but also, if we are candid, at least a bit puzzling. Especially in light of “the reality’ of how we, as Christians, […]

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The Other Feminism

I have run across some odd ways of looking at things in my decade or so of ministry. Now I readily admit that part of the reason for this is my own ignorance and lack of imagination, rather than oddness on the part of others. Yet not always. I am thinking now about an odd […]

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