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A Deep Freeze Weekend

A Deep Freeze Weekend

Berea is a place that has many meanings for me. It is a place of spiritual deepening, laughter and friends, a chance to connect with other like-minded people, a place where I don’t have to feel different for what I believe in, and a place that renews my desire to continue my relationship with God.

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Thomas Cranmer: Reformer, Sinner, Martyr

Thomas Cranmer: Reformer, Sinner, Martyr

We cannot expunge his sins, but neither can we demonize him. The more one studies and contemplates Thomas Cranmer, the more one comes to appreciate this man, filled with contradiction and spiritual turmoil, who often failed, yet did many great and good things. His execution is powerfully moving, but so is his fear of his loved ones’ deaths that likely motivated his recantations. We find ourselves filled with both awe and pity, and neither can or ought to be removed from our image of Cranmer.

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Lenten Traditions at CTR & Home

Lenten Traditions at CTR & Home

Setting aside time at the end of a busy day, of creating intentional space where we can consider, notice, and be attentive to God can be difficult, whether that is individually or with a spouse or children. But it is important and, arguably, necessary in developing the habit of listening to our Lord’s voice.

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Approaches to Lent

Approaches to Lent

We don’t just mentally recognize the gravity of our sinfulness and coolly ask for forgiveness, resolving to sin no more. No, as we recognize the gravity of our sin in our minds, we then invite our whole person into the expression of repentance. We get on our knees. We put ashes on our heads. We weep. We fast, allowing ourselves to feel our weakness physically—stomach rumbling, knees knocking, throats dry. And we open our mouths together to confess our sins. On this day, Ash Wednesday, we recognize it together, publicly.

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Endurance in the Faith

Endurance in the Faith

Once I was running along a rather mundane leg of my regular route through Beverly. It was a beautiful late-autumn day. The air was crisp and cool, and the blue sky was above me. I turned a corner and crested a hill to look out at the happy, sparkling bay. A gust of wind blew up behind me and I felt like I could run twice as fast, for twice as long. I was bursting with enthusiasm and increased my pace. “This is what it feels like to have the Holy Spirit empowering my life,” I thought.

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Adventures With God

“Adventures with God” is a phrase I’ve been using a lot lately. Starting a year ago in August, God called me to the adventure of preparing for ordination in the Anglican Diocese in New England. Preparatory to this call, God had been hard at work in me.

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Light, Love, and Holy Moments

Light, Love, and Holy Moments

As more of my time and heart become dedicated to God, I am seeing that time itself is a precious gift; every single moment is holy. I am learning to reclaim and redeem these precious moments, minutes, hours, and the days of my life for his glory.

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My God Shall Supply All Our Needs

My God Shall Supply All Our Needs

Fr. Malcom’s sermon on January 27, stressing how our covetousness and desire for superiority over others affects our attitude toward money, has been most thought-provoking. It reminded me of how, many years ago, the Holy Spirit dealt with my own inability to give freely, with a generous heart.

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Glimmers

Glimmers

The sun is alight on the horizon this morning after the flooding, leaking rains of last night; bright glimmers of light slipping through the tree limbs and the fences. Glimmers much like echoes of the Christmas message that abound through Epiphanytide: He has come; the Light who brings life has come…

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Posture

Posture

Lately I have been reminded of how poor my prayer life is. For a tenet so central to the Christian faith, I’ve not given prayer its rightful place. The Christian life can feel dry and inactive, and sometimes God seems silent. Amidst my efforts to seek answers to my questions in prayer, I quickly forget that coming into the presence of God also means being sought by Him…

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