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Pastoral notes, sermons, and reflections from the Rt. Rev’d Morris K. Thompson, Jr., Bishop of Louisiana.

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Reconstruction of the Racial Reconciliation Commission

Reflection by the Rt. Rev. Morris K. Thompson, Jr. as published in the June 2019 issue of Churchwork. In 1845, James Lowell wrote, “New occasions teach new duties, time makes ...
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Bishop’s Lenten Book Study: Ten Reasons Visitors Do Not Return

Week Seven: Ten Reasons Visitors Do Not Return Autopsy of a Deceased Church by Thom S. Rainer We have come to the end of our Lenten studies. I have been interested ...
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Bishop’s Lenten Book Study: In Love With the Church or With Jesus

Week Six: In Love With the Church or With Jesus? Autopsy of a Deceased Church by Thom S. Rainer At the House of Bishops (HOB) meeting this year one of ...
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Bishop’s Lenten Book Study: Giving Its Love Away

Week Five: Giving Its Love Away Autopsy of a Deceased Church by Thom S. Rainer Chapter 5 begins with: “When you conduct the autopsy of a church, you must follow ...
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Bishop’s Lenten Book Study: Reaching Out to Neighbors

Week Four: Reaching Out to Neighbors Autopsy of a Deceased Church by Thom S. Rainer I heard the story of a curate who took bags of goodies, along with the ...
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Bishop’s Lenten Book Study: The Past is the Hero

Week Three: The Past is the Hero Autopsy of a Deceased Church by Thom S. Rainer Back in 1983 Rebecca and I were first-year newlyweds.  I was in my third ...
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Bishop’s Lenten Book Study: Slow Erosion

Week Two: Chapters 3 and 4 of Autopsy of a Deceased Church by Thom S. Rainer Slow Erosion I often tell people who are thinking about remarrying that if they ...
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Bishop’s Lenten Book Study: “How will we live today?”

Week One: Chapters 1 and 2 of Autopsy of a Deceased Church by Thom S. Rainer “Anxiousness about the future destroys the life of a congregation. Out of this anxiousness ...
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Will You Respect the Dignity of Every Human Being?

I get looped in from time to time on topics that seem over the top. For example, I was copied on a long string of emails regarding the placement of ...
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Invitation to the 181st Annual Convention

August 20, 2018 Dear Clergy and Wardens of the Diocese of Louisiana, It is my honor and privilege as your Bishop, to give you notice of the 181st Convention of ...
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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 ...
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Bishop’s Eastertide Book Study: Acts 16:16-21:26

Read Acts 16:16-21:26 here How about the story in chapter 16?  Paul and Silas were irritated with a woman who had a spirit of divination.  She called attention to Paul ...
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Bishop’s Eastertide Book Study: Acts 13:13-16:15

Read Acts 13:13-16:15 here In this week’s readings we primarily focus on the apostle Paul gaining recognition for having a powerful testimony.  Did you notice that Paul is retelling the ...
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Bishop’s Eastertide Book Study: Acts 10:17-13:12

Read Acts 10:17-13:12 here Of the many stories in this week's readings, I want to focus on one in chapter 11. The believers in Judea heard that the Gentiles accepted ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Bishop Thompson’s Lenten Book Study: Luke 20-24

Read the passage here We have now entered Jerusalem.  The streets are lined with people who have come for various reasons.  Some want to see this magic worker and perhaps ...
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Bishop Thompson’s Lenten Book Study: Gospel of Luke 16:19-19:48

Read the passage here This week’s scripture readings begin with Jesus doing what he so often does, teach.  We begin with the story of Lazarus and the rich man.  This ...
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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 ...
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