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Brian Ray James (Brian)
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"Not all those who wander are lost." I sure as heck hope that's true!
"Not all those who wander are lost." I sure as heck hope that's true!

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Science is about generating and sharing knowledge about the structure and behavior of the natural world. Technology is about the functional application of that knowledge to produce tangible outcomes.

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The whole world is charged with the grandeur of God. If we ask God to open our eyes, that grandeur will flame out, like shining from shook foil.

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I think that is the common misconception: that we are the only one who is supposed to speak. But prayer is reciprocal and believe it or not God sometimes wants to initiate the conversation.

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Nothing will separate us from the love of God. Nothing. Nothing will separate us from the presence of God: God Emmanuel, God with us. After Jesus’ resurrection and ascension, Jesus’ followers discovered this to be true. Like Jesus promised, they would be shared – not spared, but shared – the cross, and that they would meet Jesus in their suffering and distress, and they did.

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Christ is all in all. The Lord tells Jacob that he will be with him always. He is here symbolically in a stone table. He is here sacramentally in bread and wine. He is here spiritually in hearts lifted up and returned to us renewed, transformed, consecrated.

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What can we learn from what nature has already done?

Biomimicry involves looking to nature to find solutions to problems that nature has already solved. But it also involves a paradigm shift in the relationship between humans and our environment. Can we do this? 

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A sermon based on one of my favorite collects from the Book of Common Prayer. An excerpt:

When we have to make sense of the Bible, we are leaning on Jesus’ teaching. Jesus promised that the “Spirit of truth” would be sent to us. So we pray that we know the truth through God’s Spirit, especially where we come up short: because of what is missing in the Bible, or because what is present in the Bible does not ring true to our own reason and experience.

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Be careful what you ask for. Don’t pray, “Come Holy Spirit, my soul inspire” unless you mean it! Don’t pray, “Breathe on me breath of God” unless you are prepared for the consequences. Those first disciples had their lives turned upside down by the divine power invading them. For them the gift of the Holy Spirit changed their lives forever.

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This is God’s purpose for us, just as it was for those disciples: to be joined forever to the Divine life of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; to know this larger life, to experience it, and to abide in it forever.

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Look around right now: notice divine love in the ordinary stuff of life, in words and actions, your very breath and the stars above. God is with us and within us. God is still saving, refreshing and blessing us here. Instead of complaining, give thanks for all heavenly food on the hard road that leads to life.
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