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Pentecost 2015

After Easter, as we have heard over the past 6 weeks, the apostles and disciples saw Jesus. Then he left their midst to be with God. And for 10 days they were in the Upper Room, waiting, sharing their fears, … Continue reading

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Not a cold call

For years I marveled that the Gospel of Mark tells us that Jesus came to the Galilee, then walked by someone – got their attention and said “follow me!” And they dropped everything and just did that. Mark says “Immediately … Continue reading

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PREPARE!

We in the church often talk about Advent as a time of preparation. And for most of us the kind of preparation we do tends to be preparing for the celebration of Christmas. Buying gifts, decorating, cleaning the house, wrapping … Continue reading

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Power play?

So what is powerful? Most of us would assume that getting a multi-thousand or multi-million dollar salary gives one power. Being physically fit and muscular is power. Having celebrity and fame at a young age is power! So what is … Continue reading

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SEVENTY SEVEN then POW!

Seven time eleven – SEVENTY SEVEN! As an eight year old elementary school student that was an astounding number. I was also a younger brother with an older sister who reminded me constantly of her superior rank in the family. … Continue reading

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And if I laugh…

“And if I laugh at any mortal thing, ’tis that I may not weep…”. Lord Byron Had you noticed that the Episcopal Church has had some noted comics as members – Robin Williams, Garrison Keillor, and Jonathan Winters are three … Continue reading

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The REAL scandals

In our community there has been a recent public scandal. As it involved a popular public official, overnight it became the subject of newspaper articles, television pieces, and lots of speculation and gossip. Before that, there was another scandal about … Continue reading

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Works for good…

In the letter to the Romans we read “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God…” I cannot hear or read that without thinking of a conversation I have a number of years ago. … Continue reading

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What a PAIN!

How are medicine and the church similar? Neither is all that good at treating pain! Back in the late 90’s when I was a health care chaplain in a skilled nursing facility I was struck by the reluctance of the … Continue reading

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Lost & Found

I grew up in Buffalo, NY 27 miles from Niagara Falls, one of the wonders of the US if not the world. Yet, despite the closeness the only time my family went to Niagara Falls was when we had out … Continue reading

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