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3 Attitudes To Cultivate Meaningful Worship In Your Community

Ask ten people in your parish, “What is worship?”, and you’ll receive ten different answers. Though their answers may have some commonalities, for many (if not most) worship is a very subjective experience, both for individuals and communities. Our scriptures also stress the importance of regular communal worship as an essential part of Christian life. … Continue reading 3 Attitudes To Cultivate Meaningful Worship In Your Community

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When God Speaks, Life Happens

In the stories of Jesus we read in the Bible, there are only three instances where Jesus raises someone from the dead. In Mark, and Luke (Luke 8:40-53, Mark 5:21-42) we read the story of a guy named Jairus, who’s daughter has died. And everyone has gathered in their house to mourn when Jesus says, … Continue reading When God Speaks, Life Happens

Living in Communion; The Sweet Undergrowth

“We are a family business and a growing institution. We are a network of relationships, some close, some distant, some acquaintance-like. We bleed and play, pray and breathe; nothing new. We are looking for the sweet undergrowth of awareness of God in ourselves, each other, and the world.” - Wendell Berry That is a quote … Continue reading Living in Communion; The Sweet Undergrowth

Hidden Treasures & Precious Pearls

Two parables in two sentences; probably some of Jesus’ most efficient descriptions of the Kingdom of Heaven. And initially they appear to be incredibly basic and self-explanatory. The lesson being, when you find something of incredible value, you cannot help but sell everything to possess it because it’s that valuable. And what I love about … Continue reading Hidden Treasures & Precious Pearls

Vulnerability, Trust & Other Insights From The Thanksgiving Dinner Table

You know Thanksgiving is probably one of the easiest things to preach on. It’s is an integral part of our human experience. From a young age children are reminded to say please and thank you when asking for or receiving something. And when a child asks for something and it is not given to them, they … Continue reading Vulnerability, Trust & Other Insights From The Thanksgiving Dinner Table

Acknowledging Failure, Accepting Grace, & Saying Yes

I struggle so much with the story of David we read in 2Samuel 11:1-15. It hurts my heart to see a strong leader who was loved by God, do something so contrary to God’s work. It’s horrific, it’s immoral, and it’s unfair. And knowing this story of David, I can’t help but have a bad … Continue reading Acknowledging Failure, Accepting Grace, & Saying Yes

Thin Places, Interfaith Dialogue, & Other Stories from DYC

Last weekend I, along with several leaders and youth from St. Albans road tripped out to the Diocesan Youth Conference. It was a gathering of youth and leaders from around our Diocese; about 75 in total. And I want to share some stories from DYC with you. The theme for our gathering was called ONE. … Continue reading Thin Places, Interfaith Dialogue, & Other Stories from DYC

Direction, Road Maps, & Leaps of Faith (Song Story – Dusty Road)

We live in the wake of Easter, we are a people who live in the aftermath of life changing events; Jesus’ death and resurrection. We’ve come through the seasons of Advent, waiting in anticipation for the coming of Christ. We’ve celebrated the birth of Christ and the beginning of His ministry on Earth. We’ve followed Jesus … Continue reading Direction, Road Maps, & Leaps of Faith (Song Story – Dusty Road)

They Are The Weakest Of The Weak

This is my third year participating in a Maundy Thursday service. Before my first year at St. Albans, I thought that Easter was all about the death and resurrection of Christ; Good Friday and Easter Sunday respectively. For most, this is our understanding of the Easter season. Yet, it’s not the whole story. There’s something … Continue reading They Are The Weakest Of The Weak

Does Tradition Matter? What hipster coffee culture has taught me about Church

Those who know me, will know that I really like coffee. I can appreciate a good cup of coffee, and do so on a daily basis. But, one thing I really struggle with is that every time I visit what one might call a “Hipster Coffee Shop” I get the feeling that I’m stepping into … Continue reading Does Tradition Matter? What hipster coffee culture has taught me about Church