Monthly Archives: January 2013

Year C Epiphany 4: Early reflections on Luke 4:21-30

Once upon a time, a boy was born, and he grew up in a regular-sized town, and the people who knew people knew him – the teachers and the coaches and the librarians, the grocers and the beat cops, his … Continue reading

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Year C Epiphany 3: The year of the Lord’s favour

There has never been a time that God was absent from us. There have been times when it seemed a close thing. The Flood, for example, the bondage in Egypt, the Exile, the cry of dereliction from the cross. But … Continue reading

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Little ones

Last week, while some were celebrating “Gun Appreciation Day,” a six-year-old girl in Cleveland found her father’s gun, and she shot herself to death. ( Later in the week, a four-year-old boy in Akron died in similar circumstances. ( In … Continue reading

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Ordination anniversary

It’s been a busy day. Perhaps tomorrow will be more reflective, more suitable to the occasion; but one story stands out from the day as particularly apt to this first anniversary of my ordination to the priesthood. This morning, at … Continue reading

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Seven below

One from the archives for a chilly day This morning, on the school run, even the sun did not want to rise, lounging fatly in the treetops, red and round, heavily globular, a frozen popsicle on a bare tree stick. … Continue reading

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How do we keep the dream alive today?

A reflection offered at the community celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr, hosted by Lakeshore Christian Church, Euclid, Ohio One year ago today, I stood in a room downtown before a federal judge, and I took an oath, and some … Continue reading

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Year C Epiphany 2: Sermon for Annual Meeting Sunday

In another year, perhaps this sermon will sound more like an annual report. For today, since I was only here for a quarter of last year, I feel as though I’m still finding my way around a little; there are … Continue reading

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