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Reflection on the 79th General Convention

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, By now the word is out on General Convention. The 79th gathering of The Episcopal Church in Austin has been over for a month and let me tell you, it was a successful convention. I want to highlight a couple of items that set the...

Bishop’s Eastertide Book Study: Acts 7:1-10:16

Read Acts 7:1-10:16 here This week’s study begins with the calling of others to serve people while the apostles taught.  One person that stood out for me was Stephen.  In this week’s writings, Stephen got in a debate with some of the religious leaders.  Stephen was...

Bishop’s Eastertide Book Study: Acts 4:23-6:15

Read Acts 4:23-6:15 here Two scenarios stand out to me in this week’s scripture reading. The first is how the Holy Spirit acted throughout the new community of believers.  The people shared everything because they believed in the mission to care for one another.  They...

Bishop’s Eastertide Book Study, Acts 1-4:22

Click here to read Acts 1-4:22 The book of Acts or also known as the Acts of the Apostles is a wonderful story of the beginning of the Christian community. A surprise to some is that the author is unknown to us. We do know that Theophilus was the first reader of the...

Bishop’s Lenten Book Study: Luke 13-16:18

Click here to read the passage What excites me about this week’s readings is the progression. The stories begin with Jesus calling those around him to repent. To repent means to stop and turn around and reorient ourselves in the opposite direction of which we...

Bishop’s Lenten Book Study: Luke 10-12

Click here to read the passage When Jesus sent out the 70 disciples he wanted them to be present wherever they went.  I was struck by this insight while praying.  Being present wherever we go is the journey.  Being present is being aware of our surroundings, the...

Bishop’s Lenten Book Study: Luke 6-9:27

Read Luke 6-9:27 here If I were to chose one word that describes Jesus for this week’s reading I would say compassion.  Throughout these three chapters Jesus has compassion on those who are broken, despised by the community and in harms way for telling the truth.  So...