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Remaining at the Beginning

God A Sunday school teacher was watching one of her student drawing furiously during class. “What are you drawing?” she asked. “I’m drawing a picture of God,” said the boy. “But no one knows what God looks like,” said the … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes for Everyday: Day 4

16 I said to myself, “I have acquired great wisdom, surpassing all who were over Jerusalem before me; and my mind has had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.” 17 And I applied my mind to know wisdom and to know revelry … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes for Everyone: Day One, Ash Wednesday

 1 The words of Qohelet [the Teacher/Preacher][i], David’s son[ii], king in Jerusalem: 2 Vanity of vanities, says the Teacher, Vanity of vanities. All is vanity.     In Percy Shelley’s poem Ozymandias, a traveler tells that he saw a ruined statue in … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes for Everyone: A Lenten Devotional

Introduction Every Ash Wednesday, when I mark the cross with ashes on the foreheads of my parishioners, I say, “From ashes you have come, to ashes you will return.” It is not something I say lightly or easily. I wish … Continue reading

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Spiritual Politics and other Rare Breeds

  Writing almost 50 years ago, Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk in Kentucky, wrote about what he called political principles spiritualized by the Gospel. In his book Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, Merton’s reflections on society at large, he starts … Continue reading

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Joy to the World

Introduction A young child was once chastised by his minister father, for keeping his eyes open while he prayed. The boy said to his father,  A little mouse for want of stairs ran up a rope to say its prayers. … Continue reading

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Evangelicals Today

I used to consider myself an Evangelical. But then came the Moral Majority, and the politicization of faith. I felt more and more uncomfortable with my colleagues, and able to say less and less about them. I watched them head … Continue reading

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