Category: Daily Episcopalian

Another war in the Middle East

by George Clifford President Obama, in a speech to the nation on the eve of the thirteenth anniversary of 9/11, declared that the United States is engaged in a war to degrade and then to destroy ISIL – the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. As an American Christian committed to working for peace, […]

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 […]

Reading Scripture Creatively

by Kathy Staudt A good deal of my teaching this fall turns out to require some open reflection on the way that I read the Bible . I keep discovering that my habitual way of reading Scripture is not obvious to everyone, though it comes naturally to me as a reader of literature and poetry […]

The Bible and ecology

by George Clifford Reflecting on forty years of preaching, I realized that the content of my sermons has changed in several ways. One of the most important changes is that I talk less about experiencing the divine presence in and through nature and more about human responsibility for the natural world. Four theses influenced my […]

Psalms for difficult days

by Maria Evans Hold not your tongue, O God of my praise; * for the mouth of the wicked, the mouth of the deceitful, is opened against me. They speak to me with a lying tongue; * they encompass me with hateful words and fight against me without a cause. Despite my love, they accuse […]

“Calvary” …a case of misplaced atonement

By Bonnie Anderson and Dan Webster The striking austerity and dramatic contrasts of the Irish coast landscape is the setting for this remarkable film. Like the dangerous beauty of Sligo County, Ireland, this film is a masterful study in the juxtaposition of gentleness and violence, humor and seriousness, life and death, sin and forgiveness. Father […]

The Lord Provides

by Will Hocker Reflection on Genesis 22.1-14 for Transgender, Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Pride Day On Transgender, Bisexual, Lesbian and Gay Pride Day — or as some of we older, crotchety minsters of the Good News like to call it — Queer Liberation Day, I can only think to tell you what a queer little […]