Monthly Archives: February, 2012

Onesimus

Today on the Episcopal calendar, there is a commemoration for Onesimus, the slave that is the subject of Paul’s letter to Philemon.  It is one of those books of the Bible that have a small footprint, and yet it is rich with content. Read the whole Letter to Philemon Here is the section that gives …

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Missional Methodists

It was in the Summer of 2011 that I sat down with my new District Superintendent, Ken Carter, and shared with him my vision of the future of the Church.  I had been on leave of absence for a few years, working for a community college, and seeking a way to be faithful to my …

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Simplicity…

Today’s devotion from Common Prayer included this quote and this prayer.  Something to ponder: Quote- British evangelical John Stott has written, “Simplicity is the first cousin of contentment. Its motto is, ‘We brought nothing into this world, and we can certainly carry nothing out.’ It recognizes that we are pilgrims. It concentrates us on what …

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Thomas Bray

Today in Morning Prayer there was a commemoration for an old Anglican by the name of Thomas Bray. If you read a little bit deeper into his story, you will realize that he is linked heavily to Methodist history.  He was a country priest from England who was sent to the colony of Maryland in 1696 …

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Valentine of Rome

From  Common Prayer: Valentine of Rome (d. 269) A Christian priest in Rome, Valentine was known for assisting Christians persecuted under Claudius II. After being caught marrying Christian -couples and helping Christians escape the persecution, Valentine was arrested and imprisoned. Although Emperor Claudius originally liked Valentine, he was condemned to death when he tried to convert …

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Richard Allen & Absalom Jones

Today on the Episcopal Church calendar there is a remembrance for Absalom Jones and Richard Allen. These two African Americans  worshiped at St. George’s Methodist Episcopal Church (now United Methodist) in Philadelphia in 1786.  It was that year that the congregation decided blacks were not allowed to sit in the main sanctuary as they had …

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