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Message from the Bishop

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

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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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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.  ...
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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 ...
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Bishop’s Lenten Reflection: The Gospel of Luke 3-5

Click here to read chapter 3-5 of the Gospel of Luke I like the way the third chapter begins by telling us who was ruling. It reminds me of a ...
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Bishop’s Letter on Parkland Florida School Shooting

Dear Friends in Christ, Over the years I have learned that it takes a good bit to truly anger me.  I get frustrated and irritated at times but anger is ...
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Bishop’s Lenten Book Study: Luke 1-2:52

Read: Luke 1-2:52 "Since many have undertaken to set down an orderly account of the events that have been fulfilled among us...I too decided, after investigating everything carefully from the ...
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Lenten Reflections with Bishop Thompson – The Gospel According to Luke

Beginning on Ash Wednesday, February 14, Bishop Thompson will be sending out a reflection each Wednesday during Lent on the Gospel according to Luke.  This Lent, the Diocese of Louisiana will ...
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2017 Christmas Message: The Word

The Word by Mary Oliver How wonderful!  I speak of the soul and seven people rise from their chairs and leave the room, seven others lean forward to listen.  I ...
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Statement from Bishops United Against Gun Violence

Statement from Bishops United Against Gun Violence October 2, 2017 We share in the grief and horror of people across our country and, indeed, around the world in the wake ...
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