Category Archives: General

Making Bishops

For the past couple of days I have been attending the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference of The United Methodist Church.  This is the conference where bishops are made in my denomination.  Without going into lots of description about the process, let’s just say it is an odd and holy thing. The official conference began with Holy …

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From Peter Storey

Every time I have heard Bishop Storey speak, it was a challenge.  He has always preached the Gospel unapologetically, and yet he always understood that we in North America have a different context than other places in the world.  It may have been his accent, or his simple way of getting to his point, my …

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Prayers from Taize

Today from Taize: Intercessions God our Father, fill our lives with your compassion; may we live in the generosity of forgiveness. For those who cannot believe and who give their lives in the service of others, Lord, we pray. For the Church, ferment of communion: Lord, make your light shine upon her. O Christ, light …

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Church in Ephesus (Acts 19:1-20)

I have been reading through the Book of Acts recently, and today in Common Prayer, Acts 19:1-20 was the suggested text for the day.  It is Paul’s meeting with the church at Ephesus.  Here are a few insights on this passage… v.1- Paul is always on the go.  Modern disciples should be on the go. …

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Saint Benedict

It is a feast day for Saint Benedict across the Christian world today.  The folks at Common Prayer shared this biography: Benedict of Nursia (c. 480?–?c. 547) Benedict was born in the town of Nursia, near Rome. At age twenty, he left home and lived for three years as a hermit in a desolate cave. …

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Toyohiko Kagawa (again)

The folks at Common Prayer are remembering Toyohiko Kagawa today.  The Episcopal Church remembers him on April 23rd.  here is what I wrote on that day: Kagawa Here is a short biography: Toyohiko Kagawa (1888?–?1960) Toyohiko Kagawa was a Japanese pacifist, Christian reformer, evangelist, and labor activist. He wrote, spoke, and worked at length on …

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