May 22: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Sorry.  There is no other suitable title for this unsuitable subject.  Ask a military veteran for translation, or perhaps not.  Yes, Paul knew this encoded message of astonished confusion very well even though he used slightly (but not much) differing language.  So we have died and now have been resurrected

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May 21: We Interrupt this Reflection…

Ascension Happens!  Breaking Reflection News!!  Has anyone been tracking 40 days beginning Easter Day, April 12th?!  Just as Luke narrates it, Happy Ascension Day dear readers!  Geeky Episcopalians call today one of the Red Letter Feasts, because in the earliest English Prayer Books they printed the primary festivals of the

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May 20: En Cristo

Στον Χριστό En Christo.  Literally, In or into Christ.  Paul wasn’t picky with his prepositions ending with Christo!  With Christ, through Christ, by Christ…just about any motional preposition will do!  While yesterday we explored the oddly comforting yet rarely stated Christian axiom that through baptism we are imprinted with the

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May 19: No Longer I

Yesterday we reflected upon the profound nature of God revealed in gospel resurrection, namely the eucatastrophic nature of God’s love, as the former great Episcopal Bishop of Colorado Bill Frey summarized with his pithy quote, “God’s never late but rarely early!”  As Easter Christians we expect eucatastrophe always!  And today,

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May 18: Eucatastrophe

As you may well know, one of my enduring spiritual directors is the 20th century English Oxford Don, World War I veteran, faithful Roman Catholic, poet laureate and Godfather of Fantasy Fiction, Professor John Ronald Reuel Tolkien.  Tolkien’s pioneering literary recovery of Beowulf, academic prowess in philology (a little known

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May 16: Retrospect

Before we move forwards, a moment to look backwards.  For me this Eastertide is flying by, 50 days feeling like 20 while our Lenten 40 days felt like 4,000!  We began these Eastertide reflections on April 11th marking the Great Vigil of Easter, the next day inaugurating the Great 50

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May 15: Bonus John!!

Yes, it’s hard to stop exploring John or any of our rich biblical texts of resurrection.  Before we leave the Johannine resurrection cycle, a bonus reflection! You may have noticed my predilection towards John, as most Anglicans are so disposed.  And for those curious about what Johannine material I avoided

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May 15: It Is I!!

The final scriptural passage of our biblical resurrection romp, and I am sad to close this portion of our reflections.  But worry not, dear reader, as we have plenty enough to enjoy together before Pentecost Day in these daily visits!  And we close in the most unlikely of places, the

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May 14: God is Love

The close of John 21 is not the ending of Jesus’ resurrection appearances, although today’s texts require some ingenuity to see clearly.  Just as the Pauline corpus of scripture contains more than Paul’s actual letters (Luke-Acts, and Hebrews which was subsumed under Paul’s umbrella though clearly he did not author

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May 13: Yes, Lord!

Here we meet the emotional anchor of John 21, and indeed one of the most intensive vocational encounters in the entire bible.  Read John 21:15-19 to appreciate the complex narrative John so ambitiously and adeptly weaves together for his church and for us. We stay by the lakeshore after breakfast. 

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