Jesus and the Walking Dead

Today’s lectionary Gospel reading is John 11: 1-44 – the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. For those of us who’ve spent any time in Christian circles, we’ve heard it all before; this is a familiar story, and sometimes when stories are familiar, we tend to tune them out. You may be thinking, […]

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A Personal Epiphany

Epiphany by Dick Phillips Epiphany (noun) a moment in which you suddenly see or understand something in a new or very clear way. When I was 10, I wanted to be an acolyte in my church. I desperately wanted to carry the brass candle lighter down the aisle (in the “procession!”) wear the little alb, […]

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Labor Pains

A poem, a prayer and a passage for Christmas Eve: The pinnacle of Advent expectation and longing ‘I will make you a great nation Endowed with power to bless and curse Through your seed, your only son I’ll bless the families of the earth I’ve passed between the severed parts Of goats and rams, mingled […]

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Getting my Mind Around Miracles

Getting my mind around miracles A blog may be a dangerous place to do some thinking out loud, but I can play with danger occasionally. I’ve had several “minds” about miracles in the context of ministry in health care settings for 2 dozen years. One of those minds is that yes, miracles happen. I’ve heard […]

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Forgiveness Hocus Pocus

Last week I was getting ready to leave a coffee shop after spending the morning worship planning when I overheard a conversation between two men. They were having a lively conversation over coffee, complete with hand gestures and animated facial expressions. I could tell that they were talking about religion from the few words I […]

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