Day: September 13, 2014

Spiritual Fitness

by Derek Olsen Most of the things that we do in life—especially our modern lives—take up our time. However, I am firmly convinced that there are two things that actually give us time back: prayer and exercise. I find that when I’m doing these regularly, I can think more clearly, am more focused, and am …

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Sign of the cross

Psalm 46, 87 1 Kings 8:22-30 Ephesians 2:11-22 Something that often surprises a newcomer to the Episcopal Church is, that, on any given Sunday, well…there’s a whole lot of crossin’ goin’ on. It’s a reminder that Anglicanism holds both Catholic and Protestant tradition all in one place. Whether it’s the priest making the sign of …

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Can we learn to love our enemies, even ISIS?

Can we learn to love our enemies, even the evildoers who are part of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)?The Rev. Philip DeVaull, rector of St. John the Divine Episcopal Church in Costa Mesa Calif., argues that with God’s help, we can. He writes in the Orange County Register:

Clergy and police team up in Rochester

From the Huffington Post: The city of Rochester, New York will kick off a program on Saturday aimed at improving relations between community members and law enforcement — and the timing could not be better.

Elements of a sermon that works

What makes for a successful sermon? Keep it to eight minutes or less, and leave politics out, says the Rev. J. Perry Smith, a retired Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Florida. He writes in the Wall Street Journal: