Mercury is What Again?!

Breaking News….we interrupt this Epiphanytide to update you that….Mercury is retrograde until February 21st.  February’s full moon this year is on the 27th of this month.  I’m also sure some planets will soon be aligning….blah(things) blah (are) blah (really) cosmologically blah (bad) blah (right) blah (now).  More Breaking News….we know.

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While You Were Quarantining Part Two Part Two

I ask for your patient indulgence, dear readers….there is simply too much quality Transfiguration to squeeze into one devotion only!  Let’s view some more outstanding Christian visual, theological art today.   Transfiguration, Galilee.  Drive with me up a dizzying, curvaceously winding road as we steeply ascend a geologic butte (technically

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Candlemas

With all due respect to Bill Murray and (especially South Carolina’s) Andie MacDowell, let’s skip the Groundhog Day references today because, well, we’ve been living that feature for the past year!  (No groundhogs were harmed in the making of this devotional)  No, instead…ready…set…IGNITE!!  Light ‘em up tonight dear readers!  Today, the

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Laureate

I…am…deeply…chagrined.  Embarrassed.  Guilt-ridden.  I must apologize to each of you, dear readers, to God and to my family.  The shame is…overwhelming.  I have failed you.  I (choke) forgot.  I (sniff) forgot the birthday commemoration of the greatest poet ever to set quill to scroll in the English language.  Yes, yes,

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Wisdom

Today is the Fourth Sunday After the Epiphany.  We are past mid-point of Epiphanytide with an earlier Easter, and our Sunday lections invited thoughtful epiphanic reflection.  I’d like to privilege just one short but powerful couplet from today’s Psalm, Psalm 111:10: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who

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Consolation / Desolation

We spent much time during Lent and Eastertide earlier this year reflecting together upon claiming time itself as sacred, exploring a variety of spiritual practices further aligning our daily lived experience with Christ.  The goal of every practice, every habit, every Rule of Life, every stratagem is to inhabit the

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My Place or Yours?

This past week we’ve been reflecting together on who reveals God to us.  Who manifests God’s divine presence to us in those epiphanic moments of encounter?  Of course God can do that as God so wills, and we’ve explored the Trinitarian mystery of God’s personage here.  I’ve made a sustained

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Hope x 72 = Church!

Yes class, today we solve for church!  Yesterday I made a shocking claim, quoting Pastor Bill Hybels, that the local church is the Hope of the World.  I qualify that today to include my belief that any and all congregations in all their myriad forms compose the Body of Christ

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The Twelve

God loves to surprise me.  There are some life partners, some life legacies, some fellow pilgrims on life’s long and winding road we can anticipate, see and expect.  There are many we work hard to cultivate on our team because we want or need them in our lives.  But every

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