Friends and Misfits

Jesus gave his disciples a new commandment.  In John’s Gospel, it reads like this: I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.  (John 13:34) I think we might get what Jesus has in mind if we put it a slightly…

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Like Peas and Carrots

Jesus told his critics that they don’t believe because they don’t belong.  They don’t believe that he is the Messiah because they do not belong to his sheep.  (John 10:26) Now this is odd, at least it’s odd if you’ll really let what Jesus says sink in and confront the ways you normally think.  Jesus…

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A Response to the Boston Tragedy

The following is an initial pastoral letter to the people of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Louisiana and to anyone seeking a word of hope and consolation. Dear Sisters and Brothers, Like you I am reeling from the news coming from Boston.  Innocent people have been killed and many more have been injured by bombs…

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Feeding Sheep with the Ham of God

If you are following Jesus to get into heaven when you die, you are not really following Jesus.  You’re pursuing your own agenda, and Jesus seems to you to be the best strategy to get what you’re after.   Following Jesus means just that: following Jesus.  Just to follow Jesus.  To be near him and…

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Believing One Day at a Time

God gave us the gift of uncertainty.  Without it, we couldn’t have faith.  That sounds paradoxical.  Doesn’t it? Jesus says to the apostle Thomas, “Do not doubt but believe.”  (John 19:27)  So it seems as if Jesus himself is telling us that doubt is the opposite of faith. Odilon Redon’s “The Cup of Mystery” As…

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Believing One Day at a Time

God gave us the gift of uncertainty.  Without it, we couldn’t have faith.  That sounds paradoxical.  Doesn’t it? Jesus says to the apostle Thomas, “Do not doubt but believe.”  (John 19:27)  So it seems as if Jesus himself is telling us that doubt is the opposite of faith. Odilon Redon’s “The Cup of Mystery” As…

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