Voting like a Serpent, Living like a Dove

Posted on November 7, 2016
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A few thoughts about the election and the solemn duty we have as citizens of our country. The Demands of Biblical Citizenship Christians, at times, find the demands of biblical citizenship challenging. It is difficult to pray for political leaders who have a dissolute character, mock righteousness and the fear of God, lack the skills…

How Church Leaders Lead in Election Year Tensions

Posted on October 27, 2016
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In the United States, we are enduring one of the longest (it seems) and mean-spirited (it is sure) election seasons imaginable. Politics is on everyone’s mind.  I listened to a news story about a Dallas firm that had asked its employees to NOT discuss politics anymore around the ‘water cooler’. They were not trying to…

Guest Blog: BREAKING BAD: HOW GAINING POWER CAN MAKE YOU LOSE YOUR SOUL

Posted on October 12, 2016
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Thanks to my friend and colleague, The Rev. Dr. Tony Baron, for this insightful and sobering article. BREAKING BAD: HOW GAINING POWER CAN MAKE YOU LOSE YOUR SOUL by Tony Baron, Psy.D., D.Min., Director Breaking Bad, is a universally acclaimed award-winning drama built on chemistry, cancer, and crime. It’s also the story of the erosion…

Prayer for Race and our Communities

Posted on September 25, 2016
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Foley Beach, the Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America has called us to prayer over the racial tensions in our communities. He includes these wise observations: “the events in Tulsa and Charlotte continue to foster and deepen fear, mistrust, anxiety, and a simmering frustration in our cities here in the States.  African-Americans are becoming…

Saint Francis in the 21st Century

Posted on September 8, 2016
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The Rule of Saint Francis for regular people belonging to a secular order, known as the Third Order, was first penned in the early 13th century. Third Order Franciscans work their jobs, raise their kids, and live into the Franciscan ideas of generosity, love, and prayer while surrounded by, and participating in, the world around…

Ash Wednesday: Are You Really Only Dust in the Wind?

Posted on February 8, 2016
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On Ash Wednesday, clergy around the world will draw a cross-shaped smudge of dark black ashes on the foreheads of millions of people. It is the ancient rite of The Imposition of Ashes which signals the start of Lent. The words that accompany the ‘imposition’ on Ash Wednesday are simple, sober, and true.  Over the years I…

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers…

Posted on January 3, 2016
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In just a few days time I will leave for my annual Covenant Group Meeting. There are a few more than a dozen of us, give or take, that have been meeting for nearly three decades. We were all Episcopal priests and rectors of multi-staff congregations. We came from different cities across the US and Canada;…

Where is God when Bad Things Happen? 

Posted on September 10, 2014
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by Winfield Bevins. With the rise of persecution against Christians in the Middle East, we are reminded that we live in a world full of pain and suffering. In the midst of a bad economy, natural disasters, and the growing risk of international terrorism people are seeking real answers to tough questions. Many people feel…