Play On!

From Bishop Jake’s “Wednesday Thoughts”: Yesterday our priests and deacons gathered with me for one of our regular Clergy Days.  Among the things on our hearts and minds was the challenge of being the Church in 2013 and beyond. Our place in history presents us with a radical challenge.  We inhabit a transitional historical period,…

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Learning to Walk

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. (Luke 4:1-2) Jesus wandered in the desert for forty days.  It’s not that he took a wrong turn somewhere and got himself lost or forgot how…

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Kingdom Come

Jesus tells us that the Kingdom of God is drawing near.  He doesn’t say this the way the airlines tell us about arrival times.  “Flight 7715 is delayed.  We can’t tell you why no matter how much you complain.  We’ll tell you when it gets here.  In the meantime, you’ll just have to wait.”  …

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Radical Generosity

Jesus watched people while they were putting money into the offering plates.  He noticed that rich people were tossing in large sums of cash.  By contrast, a poor widow emptied her savings by putting in two pennies.  What he says about the scene is what makes this such a memorable Bible story. Jesus said, “Truly…

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