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Feb 2012

One day before Lent, over twenty years ago, I called the local Catholic priest and asked, “Where do you get your ashes?” I went on to explain to him that I had decided to do an Ash Wednesday service, but I had no idea how to going about doing it. Besides where to locate the ashes I did not know how to apply them, or what I should say. This was not something that was covered in my Protestant seminary. It was, in fact, still not done by many of my colleagues......

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January 06, 2012

Follow the Star

Merry Christmas, to all of you who still celebrate the twelve days of Christmas. And, Happy Epiphany! Today is the traditional celebration of the arrival of the Magi to visit Jesus. This is the manifestation...

December 23, 2011

Our Christmas Manger

Our church crèche is a lovely, serene, though almost crowded, scene. Mary and Joseph sit with Jesus in the stable. They are watched by shepherds, kings, sheep, cows and an angel floating overhead. I do...

December 16, 2011

Mary Falls Apart

This past Sunday I preached on the importance of Mary as an inspirational symbol of faith. In contrast to our reformations forebears, many of us see in her a model of strength and faith. Then...

October 21, 2011

Occupy Wall Street

It is almost impossible to miss the news coverage of the Occupy Wall Street protest being held in New York. This campaign has attracted attention from around the country and inspired similar protests around the...