Author Archives: Michael

A Different Kind of Kingdom

Last Sunday was Christ the King Sunday.  The first Sunday of Advent comes in a few days.  It is still November but Christmas music is playing loudly at my  Starbuck’s office in the Ingle’s grocery store in Waynesville. It is on mornings like this that I know that I belong to a different kind of …

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Lifting Up My Eyes

Psalm 121 Levavi oculos 1 I lift up my eyes to the hills;* from where is my help to come? 2 My help comes from the LORD,* the maker of heaven and earth. 3 He will not let your foot be moved* and he who watches over you will not fall asleep. 4 Behold, he who keeps watch over …

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Edmund of East Anglia

From Mission of St. Clare by James Kiefer: Edmund was born about 840, became King of East Anglia in about 855, and in 870 faced a horde of marauding Danes, who moved through the countryside, burning churches and slaughtering villages wholesale. On reaching East Anglia, their leaders confronted Edmund and offered him peace on condition that he …

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The Day After the Election

Today I turned 52.  I have been around a long time to some. To others, I’m still a child.  It was Mark Twain that said, “All men die at 27, we just bury them at 72.”  I believe that I am more alive today than I have been in years. I have my reasons: I …

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Reflections on a Monday Morning

It is a Monday morning and I am sitting at my “office” in a local bookstore.  I have been in my new job for four months, and I am reflecting on questions and issues that I have been dealing with since July. Flexibility of schedule– for most of the past 6 years I have worked …

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All Saints Day

Today is the Feast of All Saints on the liturgical calendar.  My Wesleyan roots have taught me that Wesley especially loved this celebration.  He writes in his Journal more on this feast day than he did for any other high, holy day.  The communion of saints was an essential doctrine, and inspired him in his …

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