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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May 25: Resurrection Review

Today seems like the proper moment to look back before we look forward.  The 10 days between the Feasts of the Ascension and Pentecost frequently feel like that liminal space, a long exhale from the (liturgical at least) rigors of the salvific march we began way back in late November

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May 24: Pump You Up!

A popular Saturday Night Live skit from the late 1980’s spoofed the body-building movement headed by Arnold Schwarzenegger.  For a brief refresher see here.  Dana Carvey and Kevin Nealon’s memorable Hans and Franz are a perfect introduction to today’s Reflection because God is here…to PUMP…us up!  Waaay up as it

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May 23: No! In All These Things…

Well now Paul had his peaks and his troughs didn’t he?  Yesterday, a trough.  Today, a peak!  His intense experience of resurrection living gave Paul the clarity to pen this beloved scripture, again from Romans: Who will separate us from the love of God?!…No, in all these things we are

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