Monthly Archives: December 2013

Defining Marriage

So much is  in the news today about the issue of gay marriage.  Recently, clerks in Utah County (Provo, Utah) were threatened by the Fed for not allowing homosexuals to register for marriage licenses.  The reason the clerks were hesitating … Continue reading

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The Pharisee and the Publican

Luke 18:9-14 Jesus told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The … Continue reading

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Christians and Prison Ministries

My mind has wandered onto the subject of prison ministry.  In my past, I have had a priest who was deeply involved with going to a state prison each month and tending to the ministerial needs of convicted felons, those … Continue reading

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In the beginning was the Word

The Gospel reading in the Episcopal Lectionary for the first Sunday after Christmas comes from the beginning of John’s Gospel.  It begins by stating, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was … Continue reading

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The Seven Churches

The Book of the Apocalypse, by John of Patmos, is filled with many symbols.  Some of the ones that stand out immediately are dragons with multiple heads and crowns, seals that are broken, and lampstands.  What may be more overlooked … Continue reading

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Adam and adam

The Holy Bible is filled with names, some that are hard to pronounce.  I enjoy looking up the name meanings on websites, so I will be better able to understand a reading.  Often, I find that several biblical characters have … Continue reading

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Called to serve

My wife will be ordained as an Episcopal priest this week.  That will be a symbolic act representing the end of a period of discernment, from when she first heard a voice tell her to head in that direction.  Actually, … Continue reading

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