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Update From the Mission Field: Mollie Clark

Update From the Mission Field: Mollie Clark

When I first met Jay over 18 months ago, she described herself as being “spiritual,” but “rejected organized religion” and was “not about the church life.” But she was open to having spiritual conversations and hearing about my walk with Jesus.

Fast forward to ServeUP 2019.

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Lay It All Down

Lay It All Down

“Then was CHRISTIAN glad and lightsome, and said, with a merry heart,
‘He hath given me rest by his sorrow,
And life by his death.’

“Then he stood still awhile to look and wonder; for it was very surprising to him, that the sight of the cross should thus ease him of his burden.”

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A Season of Rest

A Season of Rest

We do not honor God’s command to rest simply by stopping from our own personal work while others wear themselves down. We honor God’s command when we ensure that not only we, but also the others in our community can rest. This means we must be willing to (a) receive rest, and (b) give rest to each other.

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Report From Uganda

Report From Uganda

Last month, Sota Alberty and I had the privilege of visiting some of our ministry partners in Uganda with Father Malcolm. Neither of us had ever been to Africa so we weren’t entirely sure what to expect, but we LOVED it.

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Update From the Mission Field: Jeff Banks

Update From the Mission Field: Jeff Banks

The mission that God has put on my heart for Harvard is to share the good news of Jesus with curious, skeptical, or seeking students; and also to develop believing students into Christian leaders who will influence society for the years to come. Thanks in part to your prayers and support, God has been faithful to let us see some of the fruit of these labors in our students this year.

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Again! Again!

Again! Again!

We come back again this week to the greatest festival of the Christian year, the Great Triduum (“three days”), beginning on the evening of Maundy Thursday and ending at sundown on Easter Sunday. The Triduum offers an opportunity to contemplate, through thought, word, deed, and all five senses, the great acts through which we have been saved. It is an experience in which we may rightly feel anything in the full spectrum of human emotion. It is a chance to respond personally to Jesus’ invitation. It is a work of grand theater in which there are no passive spectators.

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Sabbath Rest

Sabbath Rest

In the Scriptures the seventh day is the “Sabbath day of rest,” and that is a wonderful gift of love our heavenly Father has given to his people. For the Old Testament people of Israel he also offered them an even greater gift: every seven years they were to rest, neither to sow their fields nor prune their vineyards; it was a sabbath rest for them and for their beasts and the land. From this practice comes our idea of taking a sabbatical break for rest, refreshment, and study. For this reason the diocese recommends a three-month sabbatical for clergy every seven years.

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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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