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Choices, Choices: The Quandaries and the Quagmire of Identity Politics

My 56-mile commute to and from work has spawned the bad habit of scrolling through my emails at stoplights. A few days ago, I made a mental note to return to an article whose provocative title I noted only briefly; it … Continue reading

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Lent and the Incarnation: Our Bodies, Ourselves

We who call ourselves Anglican are often labeled incarnationalists. With our Creator, we believe that what he made is good and acknowledge on Ash Wednesday, “You hate nothing you have made.” With Gerard Manley Hopkins, we exult that “the world … Continue reading

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Bless Me, Father, for I Have Sinned: An Ash Wednesday Vision

Let’s just stick to “thou shalt not kill,” or we’ll be here all day. Your sermon on February 12, based in part on Matthew 5:21-37, reminded me that there are many kinds of murder that won’t ever qualify as plot lines on Law … Continue reading

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The Many Gifts of Music

Preferring the feel and the smell and the fillable margins of real books, I had never listened to an audio book until I received one as a Christmas gift from a dear friend seeking to relieve the tedium I experience on … Continue reading

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Waiting for God

Several days ago, I found a box taped up when we moved here seven years ago and never opened since. Amongst the knickknacks, costume jewelry, and small-appliance instructions I found there was this photo. Two friends hamming it up in over-the-top seasonal regalia sweaters … Continue reading

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Lessons and Carols

Advent 2011 Two long years ago, I wrote beneath my name inside the front cover of a newly acquired book the date when I started reading it, “Winter 2009.”  Sometime later I scribbled below the date a more revealing message: … Continue reading

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Our Hunger for God Is Too Small

Advent 2005 Just after matins one day in the early history of the church, a young postulant for holy orders sought out his spiritual mentor.  “When, Father, will God be ready to fill me?”  Father John took a length of … Continue reading

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Bring Me Back to You

Advent 2004 I have told the story of my first Advent experience so many times that it has gained mythic proportions—in my own mind at least.  The dates have been changed (but only slightly!), and other events from that first … Continue reading

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The Thing with Feathers

Advent 2003 Emily Dickinson tells us that “hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all.”  Let’s forget all about the image in our minds of … Continue reading

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A New Kind of Expectation

Advent 2002 I will admit from the start that I am a relative newcomer to Advent calendars. The church in which I was weaned did not observe the liturgical seasons.  I had to wait until I was over 40 to … Continue reading

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