Confessions of Your Senior Warden

Confessions of Your Senior Warden

We were out in God’s creation on a spectacularly beautiful day, hiking Cadillac Mountain in Maine. The weather was cool and crisp. We could see all the boats below in Bar Harbor. It was the kind of day that made me never want to live anyplace else besides New England....
Big Week Ahead!

Big Week Ahead!

Dear Christ the Redeemer family, This is an exciting autumn for us, and I would like to share a little about what is happening, particularly this upcoming week. This Sunday Bishop Bill will be visiting us for the last time before his retirement. We will rejoice as...
Heaven is Not Here… Yet

Heaven is Not Here… Yet

It may be the most popular gospel song ever recorded: “I’ll fly away, O, Glory. In the morning, when I die, hallelujah, by and by, I’ll fly away.” The context of that song is important. It was written by someone who knew what it meant to be picking cotton in the hot...
A Birthday Surprise

A Birthday Surprise

It was our youngest daughter’s eighteenth birthday. She was in her bedroom getting ready for a few friends to come over to celebrate with her. I was sitting on a small arm chair in her room, legs draped over one arm of the chair, swinging gently, and one arm draped...
Casting Your Burdens

Casting Your Burdens

Seven or eight years ago I was managing the software engineering department of one of General Electric’s businesses. At the same time I was planting a church in Burlington, Vermont. It was a lot. I was burning out and realized that one of the two had to go. While my...
Coping with Change

Coping with Change

Over 30 years ago we were at an Inn in New Hampshire with a group of people who were deciding if this would be a good property for us to purchase and undertake as a retreat center. There were many issues to be dealt with and we were not all on the same page regarding...
Seeing Through a Brick Wall in Time

Seeing Through a Brick Wall in Time

There is a moment in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings when Frodo Baggins calls the innkeeper of The Prancing Pony, Barliman Butterbur, stupid. Butterbur forgot to deliver a crucial message at a crucial moment, costing the party much time and danger, and the...