Monthly Archives: April 2013

The Holy Gospel: April 28, 2013 (Year C)

Read:  John 13:31-35 Meditation:  “Show and Tell” E. Stanley Jones emphasized the fact that at the core of Christianity we find a person, not a philosophy–incarnation, not information. Jesus reveals this in today’s lesson.  “Love one another” is philosophy–good philosophy–something … Continue reading

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Connections: God’s Calling

If you have been reading this blog for any length of time, you know how important I think the word “vocation” is.  We live vocationally–that is, in response to God’s call. My good friend, and Episcopal priest, Rob Goodridge has … Continue reading

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The Holy Gospel: April 21, 2013 (Year C)

Read:  John 10:22-30 Meditation:  “In Plain View” I hate to admit it, but sometimes I fail to see things that are right in front of me.  It can be my car keys or a pen I was writing with only … Continue reading

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Connections: The Gathering Place

When a creative formational resource crosses my path, I want to share it with you. Such is the new “Gathering Place” series published by Wipf and Stock.  My longtime friend and colleague, Dr. Daryl Smith, originally envisioned the series, small-group … Continue reading

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Editorial: Farewell to Bev Shea

Billy Graham was one of my main influencers in the early days of my Christian faith (and since), and that meant that the music ministry of George Beverly Shea was also. Learning of his death last evening, I felt (as … Continue reading

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Editorial: Goodbye to an Old Friend

Today will be a “quieter” day than I figured it would be.  Jeannie found the notice of Brennan’s death (yesterday), and as soon as she told me, I felt an emptiness in my heart—the way I feel when someone has … Continue reading

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The Holy Gospel: April 14, 2013 (Year C)

Read:  John 21:1-19 Meditation: “A Fresh Start” Thomas Merton writes in his Journal that Easter puts “a clean taste in your soul” (April 9, 1950).  It is our opportunity to make a fresh start.  Today’s lesson shows us how Peter … Continue reading

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