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After the Storm

Summer can bring a different shape and texture to our encounter with God. In this piece, Deacon Kevin McGrane reflects on on the power of storms and the inner working of the Spirit

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Constraining love

We wrap Jesus up in a nice clean (or dusty) package so as to keep it from any kind of change. We humans love, love, love to domesticate God, describing God in detail, accommodating a certain nostalgia – when God is in fact a mystery

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Faith Reels: ‘Me Before You’ … #LivingBoldly – Really?

As they spend time together Lou’s wacky wardrobe, clumsiness and heartfelt sincerity to do the best for her “charge” become endearing to Will and, as predictable, a very tender romance ensues. But it’s not enough to give him a reason to live as a disabled person; and that’s where the story takes a controversial turn. Let’s not spoil this for you. It’s worth seeing. You’ll have to decide for yourself who’s “living boldly” here since that’s the movie’s hashtag; #LivingBoldly.

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Keeping Summer Holy

Can we make the case that recreation is good for our soul? That a change of scene rejuvenates us? Strengthening family relationships while vacationing builds strong bonds? We can demonstrate and spread our faith elsewhere? We can establish Christian community in other places?

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A modern excommunication



Several years ago, I read a piece in a major daily publication about the reemergence of excommunication among mainline Protestant denominations. “Thank God I’m part of a denomination that doesn’t engage in that craziness,” I thought, perhaps a bit smugly.


Today, I have learned through personal experience just how wrong I was.


I know what you’re thinking. Right about now you’re saying, “But the only form of excommunication we have, per the Book of Common Prayer, is repulsion from communion. Either […]

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Message in a bottle

Like a Chinese inside-painting bottle, we humans hold the Holy Spirit inside us as individual temples. We each have this beautiful image being painted inside of us by God and spirit. And in a way, the painting is being painted backwards because what one first sees in an encounter with any human being is only the tip of the beauty-iceberg, only the few first strokes of a detailed painting God is working out by applying layer after layer of paint, in thousands of colors, one hair-stroke at a time, backwards.

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