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I like to say that everyone has gifts, what are yours? …I think it is important also to realize that not everyone gets every spiritual gift.

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Cyril of Jerusalem: exiled again

I think about Cyril sometimes in light of what seems to happen every time we get a pile of Anglican bishops together worldwide and it seems some of them want to exclude others of them from the table, or when they start having notions that two X chromosomes make someone incapable of balancing a mitre on one’s noggin. Pretty soon, people start throwing the H word around–heresy.

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Patrick: bishop and missionary

We have a lot to thank Ireland for, including Patrick and Patrick’s Lorica, the Breastplate. Who needs green beer when they can have a daily dose of poetry, prayer and statement of faith, all in one shot?

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Psalm 88

I’m glad we have Psalm 88. I’m glad we read it out loud in public. There are times and conditions that we experience as unmitigated sadness. There are circumstances that are hopeless.

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God so loved the world

The heart of the matter is that all is gift–abundant mercy poured out in the gift of this particular Son, given in a world where sin and violence abound.

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When to Limit our Freedom

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 — — Week of 3 Lent Readings for the Daily Office (Book of Common Prayer, p. 955) Psalms 119:97-120 (morning) //

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Hope in Tragedy

I’ve known people who have lost relationships, jobs and dreams only to find that their loss became the means for an experience of freedom that opened a door to unimagined new possibilities.

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“I have no command of the Lord”

There’s something about that conviction that gives us a radical freedom. A freedom to be generous to those with whom we disagree. A freedom to be wrong and not obsess about it.

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