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The Good Friday Offering

I knew the Good Friday Offering went to support the Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem, but I knew no details until reading Dialog, a quarterly publication of the Diocese of Texas (east Texas). It was a surprise to me to learn that we Episcopalians operate 15 schools in Israel, Palestine and Jordan. Many of the students…

Sunday Reflection; March 20, 2016

Coming to the City Nearest You Jesus comes to Jerusalem, the city nearest you. Jesus comes to the gate, to the synagogue, to houses prepared for wedding parties, to the pools where people wait to be healed, to the temple where lambs are sold, to gardens, beautiful in the moonlight. He comes to the governor’s…

HEARING OR LISTENING

Then a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, my Chosen One. Listen to him.” (Luke 9:35). There is a long distance between hearing and listening. When it comes to the similarities between listening and hearing, the only one is you use your ears for both. After that, they’re very different. Hearing is…

Our Lenten Journey

So our Lenten Journey has now begun, Redeemer.  And I have been asking myself for several days now, just where are we journeying to . . . and with whom? Sometimes I feel that my journey is very solitary – and willfully so – as I truly savor the contemplative, penitential nature of Lent as…

Lenten Reflection

Like many of us, I look forward to the season of Lent. Lent offers us the opportunity to enrich our relationship with Jesus Christ. We focus on the end of his ministry, the events of Holy Week, the agony of his passion, his death, and his glorious resurrection. Giving up sugar, alcohol, chocolate, etc. can…

A Brick Wall

One of my passions is genealogy research.  I began in about 1977 by ordering my great-grandfather’s Confederate military record from the National Archives.   It contained various information about which battles he had participated in, how his pay was docked for losing a cartridge box, how he was captured as a POW in Virginia and spent…

Giving Up Lent, or I Don’t Like Parsnips Anyway

Who decided that self-sacrifice was the proper way to prepare for the solemn remembrance of the crucifixion and celebration of the resurrection of our Christ? It certainly is not what He was doing in those days leading up to Calvary. Indeed, His last days on earth were not spent in secluded self-reflection. Rather His teaching,…