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Fear the Reapers
This Sunday's Gospel lesson from Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 continues with another of the parables of Jesus, but unlike two weeks ago, this week churchgoers get to hear Jesus at his sharpest, speaking about the fiery furnace and those who wind up in it with "w...

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Who Was The Most Reluctant Convert?
I used to think that I was the most reluctant convert. As a teenager, I fought the Lord, and the Lord won. My struggle lasted seven years, but C.S. Lewis' lasted much longer as I learned this past weekend after attending a play in Charlotte, This production...

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You Can't Hear What Ain't Been Said
You probably didn't hear it if you attend a church which uses the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL), but Jesus quoted Isaiah in the verses that got cut from this Sunday's Gospel reading where the prophet accuses the people of being blind and deaf in their abi...

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Episcopal Priests Gone Bad
In the current issue of "Episcopal Priests Gone Bad", we have a North Carolina rector cruising through Florida in his Corvette accused of pulling a handgun on someone in an apparent road rage incident. "William Rian Adams was arrested for aggravated assault...

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Did You Miss Hearing Jesus at His Sharpest This Sunday Morning?
This Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) selection for the Gospel reading, Matthew 11:16-19,25-30, provides another example of how the RCL removes verses which the docile Sunday morning sheep might find offensive. First, read the Gospel as most pewsitt...

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S.O.S.: Sinking Diocese Grabs Millstone
Okay, imagine you are on a sinking ship. Most of us would be trying to secure all watertight doors, minimize flooding, unload ballast, and prepare the lifeboats. Who in their right mind would want to add more dead weight to the bridge? That would seem to in...

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Slaves of Righteousness
This Sunday's Gospel reading is from Romans 6:12-23. In it, Paul reasons that even though we are saved and no longer under "the law", we are slaves of righteousness and therefore should not fall to the temptation of sin. "Therefore, do not let sin exercise ...

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Do the Trans-gendered Need a Special Church Ceremony?
Church of England will hold a General Synod from July 7 - July 11 this year and one of the topics subject to debate is how to create ‘baptism-style’ services to celebrate transgender person's transition because someone who was going through that process fel...
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