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len on December 19th, 2015

In the first centuries the Church had a beautiful custom of praying seven great prayers calling afresh on Christ to come, calling him by the mysterious titles he has in Isaiah, calling to him; O Wisdom. O Root! O Key O Light! come to us! Malcolm writes, “Of all the mystic titles of Christ, this […]

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len on December 13th, 2015

In the first centuries the Church had a beautiful custom of praying seven great prayers calling afresh on Christ to come, calling him by the mysterious titles he has in Isaiah, calling to him; O Wisdom. O Root! O Key O Light! come to us! The evening prayer, also know as Vespers, always includes the […]

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len on December 10th, 2015

In the first centuries the Church had a beautiful custom of praying seven great prayers calling afresh on Christ to come, calling him by the mysterious titles he has in Isaiah, calling to him; O Wisdom! O Root! O Key! O Light! Come to us! The evening prayer, also know as Vespers, always includes the […]

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len on April 20th, 2015

“I am the true vine, and my Father — is the Gardener.” What if that little phrase tells us something deeply true – about God, and about God’s purposes? In this sermon I am working on the second part of John chapter 20, the disciples first experience of the risen Lord of creation. John’s theme […]

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len on April 8th, 2015

Evangelicals by and large still separate the world into compartments: sacred and secular, Saturday and Sunday, physical and spiritual. This spiritual and social imaginary impacts the way we read Scripture, the way we do mission, and the way we live in God’s kingdom. Moreover, we tend to be sin-focused and the cross dominates our vision. […]

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len on April 8th, 2015

There are two entries into Jerusalem late in the gospel of Luke. In the first entry, Jesus borrows a donkey and enters as king in fulfilment of the prophecy given by Zechariah. In the second entry, Jesus comes quietly as a lamb and borrows a room to share an intimate Passover meal. Why the contrasting […]

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len on March 31st, 2015

When Mary Magdalene Saw Christ at dawn In the tomb-haunted grove She thought he was The gardener Then saw he was the Christ. But still she was mistaken Not seeing that The gnarled, deep-rooted olives, The flowers in the rock, The rock itself Were rooted in his flesh. For Christ was gardener of that place […]

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len on February 18th, 2015

I had the strongest inclination to make pancakes for lunch yesterday — but didn’t get to it. Only later did I find out it was Shrove Tuesday, which means today is Ash Wednesday. (The idea of ‘ashes to go’ is kind of appealing!) Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent, and the beginning, for […]

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len on December 25th, 2014

This African art — I can’t recall the source – depicts Mary, Joseph and Jesus. Best wishes to you and your family, may you know God near to you, and may his peace fill your life this day and every day!

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len on December 20th, 2014

“Into the Darkest Hour,” a poem by Madeleine L’Engle It was a time like this, War & tumult of war, a horror in the air. Hungry yawned the abyss — and yet there came the star and the child most wonderfully there. It was time like this of fear & lust for power, license & […]

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