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Thought for the week

This week’s Gospel story is about a man born blind, who gained his sight through the power of Jesus Christ. But this is not just a miracle story about 20/20 vision. It is about...

It’s time for outrage

A day or so ago, I added a counter to my right column. It counts the cost of the Iraq war for the US. I thought that $500,000,000,000 was an unimaginably high figure (especially...

Unmasking idols and demons

This was over at ASBO Jesus: I wish. I wish Christians would have this kind of spine more often. We Episcopalians get all excited about the last two promises in the Baptismal Covenant, and...

The (caffeinating) power of prayer

I am always happy to contemplate the merger of two of my favorite things, Christianity and coffee. A ‘prayer cafe’ is being run by a local church in Croatia, to keep the kids coming...

Scripture, tradition, and reason

It’s true that the “three-legged stool” of scripture, tradition, and reason doesn’t really come from Richard Hooker. Still, these three facets of our faith living in tension define Anglicanism. Sometimes his trifecta is misused...

Write a sermon you’d never hear, and make a buck

Geez Magazine is having a sermon-writing contest. Their contest is not the usual. They want 750 word sermons that you’d never hear in church. I can’t wait to read the winners. So start writing!...

Commemoration of George Herbert

Our God and King, who called your servant George Herbert from the pursuit of worldly honors to be a pastor of souls, a poet, and a priest in your temple: Give us grace, we...

Lent wreaths

My friend Tim Schenck has a bee in his bonnet. Apparently his sabbatical has allowed him some extra jogging time, and he’s noticed something he doesn’t like. I went for a run around my...