Fat Gratitude

Welcome dear readers to our final devotional, as the title reflects, on Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday.  Almost one year, we began this daily reflection/devotional journey together, on Ash Wednesday, February 27th, 2020.  Just a short daily spiritual tickler to invite parishioners into a more engaging Lent, we thought.  And

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Affirmation

Part of my Rule of Life is to be in several accountability relationships, usually with older and wiser men who gift me with weekly time and attention to review significant life developments.  They help me better understand, absorb and respond to every manner of circumstance.  The intensity of what I

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While You Were Quarantining Part Two

After preaching upon the Transfiguration twice annually these past 25 years, I cannot escape this utterly provocative, preternatural moment of Jesus’ earthly ministry.  It is endlessly invitatory, proffering new insights whenever I look.  Therefore I offer several visual presentations of the Transfiguration for your Epiphanic reflections.  I pray you enjoy

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May 31: Whit-the-Heck?

Fun with history!  Boy can those British forebears complicate the $#%@ out of such a simple Christian festival!  A blessed and happy Pentecost to all, the Christian festival of the Holy Spirit lighting upon those original disciples (plus one) to unleash nascent Christian faith from Jerusalem’s center to the entire

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May 30: Coming Attractions

Tomorrow culminates the Great Fifty Days of Easter, or Eastertide as I have called this very special time in the annual life of a liturgical Christian church.  To luxuriate in the light from the Empty Tomb.  To see Jesus astonish, rehabilitate, challenge, reveal, confirm and open.  To watch those cowering

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May 29: Adieu, Egeria!

It’s sadly, finally time to bid my 4th century Spanish nun/adventure traveler/pilgrim Egeria a fond, bittersweet farewell.  It seems only right to hear her one more time now, as the recovered portion of her travel journal abruptly terminates just after her riveting narration of Pentecost in Jerusalem.  Egeria herself, much

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May 28: More Stump, More Chump!

Newbie from Cordie writes, “Dear Chump, you have provided questions or thoughts to ponder which have been great. Could you dig deeper into Christian meditations and ask readers to share what they receive from it? It might be kind of neat to hear what God is saying to your flock?”

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May 27: Stump the Ordained Chump Returns!

It’s time for your questions dear readers!  Can you stump the ordained chump?! East Vail Doctor writes, “Dear Chump, Can you explain the Gospel of John’s term ‘glorification?’” Dear Doc, The word Glory or its derivations appear some 300 times in the Bible, over 22 references in John’s Gospel alone. 

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May 26: Spring Cleaning

The evangelist Luke tells us in Acts chapter 1 that following Jesus’ Ascension His (sorry cannot help it) followers took care of some housekeeping details, something akin to spring cleaning.  Read Acts 1:15-26 to see how they did it.  With Judas Iscariot dead by his own hand, the Eleven were

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