Author Archives: Michael

Reformation Day

Today is the Eve of All Saints, and on this day in 1517, Martin Luther nailed a long list of concerns/protests on the door (known as the 95 Theses) of  All Saints Church in Wittenburg.  Though there had been other expressions by other reformers for years before, this particular act has been viewed as the …

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Remembering Clarence Jordan

Today is a remembrance day for Clarence Jordan (1912-1969). I first encountered Clarence Jordan and The Cotton Patch Gospels when I was teenager, because of my crazy Aunt Betty, a good Methodist laywoman who lived in South Florida who came to visit us every summer.  She would read excerpts from my Aunt Myrtle’s front porch …

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Remembering Steve Jobs

When I opened my Safari browser this morning, I was treated with a short video from Apple in remembrance of Steve Jobs.  It was a year ago that he left us.  I suspect that many of our lives would be different had it not been for him. I remember some of my first experiences with …

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Feast of Saint Francis

I pulled this from a year ago.  It is a grand day in the life of the church, enjoy! From October 4, 2011 Today is the Feast of Saint Francis. Even my United Methodist background found room for this saint.  I remember when the Book of Worship came out in 1992, it was amazing to …

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Labor Day

Almighty God, you have so linked our lives one with another that all we do affects, for good or ill, all other lives: So guide us in the work we do, that we may do it not for self alone, but for the common good; and, as we seek a proper return for our own …

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A Colony of Heaven

From Common Prayer today: Martin Luther King Jr. said this: “There was a time when the church was very powerful. In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society. Whenever the early Christians entered a …

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