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Matthew 5:33-37   I have always liked the book of Matthew. It is one of the synoptic Gospels, sharing similarities with both Mark and Luke, yet with some differences. Matthew and Luke both seem to have copied bits of Mark but put in different emphases and different...

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Forward Day By Day – June 16, 2018

Whenever I read about the Apostle Peter, I hear my grandmother’s voice in my head saying, “Bless his heart!” I often wonder if I’m much different from Peter. Peter wants to stay on the mountaintop with Jesus, where things are calm and safe and where nobody is...

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The Dust of God

There is a lot to work with in the readings for Friday in the season of Pentecost, Proper 5. Not the least because it is interesting to look at the difference and similarities in translation between the Book of Common Prayer and Robert Alter’s The Book of Psalms. Let...

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Forward Day By Day – June 15, 2018

As a culture, we place an enormous amount of emphasis on self-reliance and personal accountability. Helping someone is all well and good until it affects our bottom line. “I made it all on my own,” we say, “and you should too.” It is little wonder we are so...

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Forward Day By Day – June 14, 2018

For the better part of a decade, I’ve made an annual retreat to a convent in southern Ohio. It is a time of deep spiritual rest and refreshment—and a lot of prayer! Each day, shortly before dawn the community gathers for Lauds, followed by Morning Prayer and...

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My Theology

The Feast Day of St. Basil the Great   It is the Feast Day of St. Basil the Great, which happens to be the day upon which, twenty-one years ago and ten years into our relationship, Rosean and I vowed our commitment to one another before witnesses, the day upon which...

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Little Graces

Mark 4:26-34   The moth went flying around my house yesterday as if he owned the joint.   According to my daughter, the moth was the size of a jumbo-jet, a monster out of a Japanese horror movie. To my eyes, this was a tiny brown interloper—harmless. Much better a...

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Forward Day By Day – June 13, 2018

A small church on the outskirts of the diocese was in distress. The priest reached out to the bishop for help, and the bishop agreed to meet with the church leadership. When the priest informed the leadership that the bishop would be visiting, one angry parishioner...

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Forward Day By Day – June 12, 2018

New to the church? Casserole. New neighbors? Carrot cake. New baby? Potato soup. Funeral? Fried chicken. For many of us, food is a kind of sacrament—an outward and visible sign of grace and hospitality, a way to express our love and care. Food means a lot in Jesus’...

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Glimpses of God’s Kingdom

The church my husband serves and where we worship as a family is celebrating their 100th anniversary of the sanctuary. They’ve been a congregation for 135 years, but this year marks the 100th year they’ve worshipped in this particular sanctuary. 100 years of singing,...

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Forward Day By Day – June 11, 2018

Many organizations consider “a good leader” as the person who comes in and charts the course, steers the ship, and tells the subordinates what to do. This model of leadership is alive and well in many churches. If we hire a young and dynamic pastor, surely she or he...

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Barnabas and Paul: A Lesson for Us

Happy Feast of St. Barnabas. When we think about the founders of the Early Church, two come immediately to mind. St. Peter and St. Paul.  Peter, the mostly loyal, always loving, often dim, the rock on which the Church was built. Paul, the zealot, protecting the...

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Hiding

Genesis 3:8-15   “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid… and I hid myself.”   A reading like the one we have this morning from Genesis seems like a no-brainer. There are half a dozen or more sermons begging to be plucked out of this short reading,...

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Forward Day By Day – June 10, 2018

Hide and Seek is a coffee-hour ritual for the children at our church. The joyful shrieking of toddlers echoes through the parish hall and around campus as they playfully search each other out. As I write this meditation, I’m sitting in my office listening to a...

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Sacred Spaces

Today we celebrate the commemoration of St. Columba, best known for his missionary work in Ireland and Scotland and his establishment of three religious communities, perhaps the most famous of them at Iona, a tiny island off the coast of Scotland. Columba set up Iona...

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Forward Day By Day – June 9, 2018

College basketball is a quasi-religion in my part of the world, and March Madness is its most holy season. Folks identify with their preferred school or athletic conference and tout their allegiances on shirts, vehicles, billboards, and even tattooed on their skin....

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Forward Day By Day – June 8, 2018

Fear is the preoccupation with the question, “What if?” What if I don’t do well on the exam? What if I don’t get the job? What if the diagnosis is grim? Truth be told, none of us can live out our days without at least a passing glint of fear. More than a hundred...

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Roland Allen, Mission Strategist

Readings for the feast day of Roland Allen, Friday, June 8, 2018:   Psalm 119:145-152 Numbers 11:26-29 2 Corinthians 9:8-15 Luke 8:4-15   In our Gospel parable today about the sower and the seed, we are reminded that we are not in control of the outcome of the seed...

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Forward Day By Day – June 7, 2018

On a good night, the community kitchen serves more than a hundred meals to those who would otherwise go hungry. Many men and women in our area lead lives of social and economic scarcity, so part of our mission is to ensure that there is always enough for everyone to...

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Christ’s Chunk of Bread

Matthew 14:13-21   Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.  – Matt. 14:19   Doing an examen, which is a looking back in prayer at the...

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Forward Day By Day – June 6, 2018

The third chapter of Ecclesiastes is surely at the top of the charts of familiar Bible verses. Thanks to Pete Seeger’s setting of the song, “Turn! Turn! Turn!”, the verse also found favor at the top of the Billboard charts. But too often, a biblical text’s familiarity...

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Immersive prayer

It took a long time for spring to warm up the north coast, but finally I found myself back in the lake, larger than Galilee, still substantially cooler, swimming. For me, swimming in open water, in the lake or especially the ocean, has become a form of prayer. For...

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Forward Day By Day – June 5, 2018

When my parents visit us, they almost always attend our church. Preaching is an important part of my vocation, and I look forward to it—except when Mom is sitting in the front row. I wonder if Jesus feels that all-too-familiar twinge of anxiety when he teaches in his...

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Weeding and Reflecting

I’ve never been a gardener. But don’t say my mother never tried to cultivate a love of the dirt and growth and soil and plants. She tried her hardest. She lived in the garden and hoped her daughter would similarly follow suit. Yet, I’ve heard her repeat over to me,...

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Ramadan, Mubarak, and Two Righteous Peoples of God

I am no expert on Islam, but I have Yemini neighbors who bring me food every Ramadan, and every Hajj, and sometimes we talk about God. They were the first to offer whatever I needed after my husband died. They are righteous and holy people, and we have been neighbors...

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Forward Day By Day – June 4, 2018

The psalms are often a profound source of comfort. Phrases such as, “The Lord is my shepherd…” and, “Open my lips, O Lord…” instill a familiar sense of serenity and peace. However, the psalmist can also bring hard-to-hear news. Such is the case today. Althoug....(View...

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Faith is Enough

The post Faith is Enough appeared first on d365 Daily Devotionals. This post appeared here first: Faith is Enough [D365 Daily...

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Forward Day By Day – June 3, 2018

Professing Christianity means professing a living God. We believe in a God who is still active, still revealing Godself to us. The Holy Spirit is still speaking and, as a beloved hymn reminds us, “God is working his purpose out.” Samuel lives in a time when a word...

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Which Comes First: Love or Law?

The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath; so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath. — Mark 2:27   Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD...

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Forward Day By Day – June 2, 2018

Time and again, the gospels show us Jesus teaching the disciples. And we repeatedly see the disciples failing to understand Jesus’ lesson, followed by the disciples questioning Jesus about the teaching. Sometimes, Jesus gives an explanation (as he does in today’s...

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Three Little Words

Mark 11:27-33   We see it on the news quite frequently. Someone is walking or driving somewhere and is stopped and asked personal questions, like “Who are you?” “What are you doing here?” It is an uncomfortable situation and one that quite often escalates very...

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What price love

by Kristin Fontaine   In reading for the daily office for today, I found verse 15 of Psalm 31 speaking to me. My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies, and from those who persecute me. ~Psalm 31:15 I noticed how the psalmist made a distinction...

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