The Liturgical Home: Pentecost

Posted on May 16, 2024
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The Day of Pentecost is one of the highest feast days in the liturgical year. It is the day that we remember and celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church. This pivotal moment in Christian history is the fulfillment of Christ’s promise to send a helper, a comforter, who…

Today in the Spirit: Pentecost Sunday B (Whitsunday)

Posted on May 12, 2024
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“Pentecost Sunday already!?” While this might well be our reaction to the arrival of this feast day on the church calendar every year, we can only imagine how the disciples felt when Jesus ordered them to go to Jerusalem and wait until you are clothed with power from on high  (Luke 24:49). As they gathered…

Mystic Hunger and an Anglican Feast

Posted on May 9, 2024
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I was a young child the first time I encountered the sign of the cross. It must have been on TV—probably watching The Sound of Music for the hundredth time. Having grown up in a staunchly non-liturgical evangelical home, I can’t imagine where else I would have ever seen such a gesture. It captivated me….

Remembering Rod Whitacre: The Ukulele Evangelist

Posted on May 8, 2024
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In early 2023, the Rev. Dr. Rod Whitacre sat in a hospital bed, reflecting on his life with his son Chad. He was receiving treatment for lymphoma and would soon decide to come home to hospice care. Together that day, they remembered Rod’s many published contributions to New Testament studies, including the IVP New Testament…

The Liturgical Home: Ascension

Posted on May 7, 2024
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The Feast of the Ascension, or Ascension Day, is one of the highest feast days in the liturgical year. It is the day we remember Jesus’ bodily ascent into heaven and its profound significance. The Ascension might suggest sadness since Jesus physically left the earth. However, instead, it abounds with great joy as we celebrate…

Today in the Spirit: Easter 7B (The Sunday After Ascension)

Posted on May 5, 2024
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As opposed to the Ascension Day readings, which center around the narrative of the event itself, the Sunday after Ascension Day (never Easter 7 as in the BCP 2019) assignments focus more on the implications of Christ’s ascending and taking the throne with the Father for the life of the believer. Particularly in Year B,…

Rogation Sunday: A Rookie Anglican Guide

Posted on May 4, 2024
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Rogation Sunday and the three subsequent Rogation Days commemorate Jesus’ final days on earth before his Ascension. Accordingly, these days focus on the earth, the work of agriculture, and on human dependence upon God. On Rogation Sunday we especially remember to abide in Christ the Vine, to receive his love and bear fruit in love…

Concrete Faith: The Daily Office in My Mental Health Crisis

Posted on May 3, 2024
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I was walking my kids once in their giant double stroller. This thing is a beast. It weighs 35 pounds without them in it. With them, it might be closer to 85. Therefore I have to really use some force while I push this thing. We were taking a leisurely stroll that day, and I…

Standing Firm in God’s Love with Athanasius

Posted on May 1, 2024
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“Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” – 1 John 4:8 “God is love.” This is a sentiment that we all, well, love. We love to say it, and we love to believe it. But what does it mean? Love implies a relationship between two or more persons. And…

Today in the Spirit: Easter 6B

Posted on April 28, 2024
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As much as any other set of readings for a Sunday, the Easter 6 schedule puts on display the influence the love of the Father God has over those who believe in the Son. The assigned Gospel reading out of John 15:9-17 sets the tone. After teaching his disciples, I am the true vine… and…