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Places

Sometimes, in stories, there’s a haven. It can be physical, like Mr. and Mrs. Beaver’s house in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and Hannah’s cottage in The Witch of Blackbird Cove. Or it can be emotional, like Fezziwig’s … Continue reading

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Why I Didn’t, Don’t, Didn’t Like the Bible

Here is a dull sentence. Its purpose is to ensure that this post does not begin with a cheesy hook. Why would you immerse yourself in stories about a nomadic Middle Eastern culture that morphed through various political alliances before … Continue reading

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The Faithful Techno-serf, part 3

I am working through a tutorial for a business intelligence program. Obviously, once you have big data, you want to use it. It’s impressive how easy this tool makes it to identify and display slices of information. When the data … Continue reading

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Children’s Service

More stories, that’s what’s needed, because everything that motivated this blog was shot to smithereens by the COVID shut-down, and I can’t write about the things I intended to. I thought I would be commuting and very naturally writing about … Continue reading

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Beatitudes: What You Want, part 1

Bill Mounce says that the emphatic third person pronoun in the Beatitudes, αυτος (pronounced ow-tahss) means they alone. The nuance of αυτος is that they alone will receive the blessing… Jesus is not saying that those who mourn, among others, … Continue reading

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Called to, part 5

One of the brothers of the Society of St. John the Evangelist, an Episcopal order, had a dream at the time of the first vows, or maybe life profession, of another man. He wrote about his dream in Cowley, the … Continue reading

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Endings

There’s abandoned farm equipment in the woods near me. Rusted, curving blade-plates menace behind axles half sunk in the mud, a trailer lists on flat tires, a tractor cab, door-off-hinges, reveals a still-gleaming steering wheel and torn upholstery. I always … Continue reading

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Walking on the Sea, part 4

I’ve given Matthew 14:22-33 my best shot! Here’s a round-up of sermons, where you can hear what actual preachers have to say. Sermons are food. These are from all of the Episcopal and ELCA Lutheran churches on the towns along … Continue reading

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Um, What Should I Call You?

tl;dr: If you have trouble knowing how to address a member of the clergy, “Reverend” will do in a pinch. Also, Episcopalians have status issues. You know how design is information? What do the visual aspects of the following two … Continue reading

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Reopening Church; Old Guys

Imagine: No singing. No Eucharist. No shaking of hands. No hugging. No sharing a BCP or leaflet with a neighbor. No leaning toward each other in coffee hour chat. No sitting together for adult education. No hanging out in the … Continue reading

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