Things were humming along just fine in the church in Antioch, people praying and worshipping and reaching out. And then one day, the people heard the Spirit speaking, loud and clear: “Set apart for me Barnabus and Saul for the work to which I have called them” (Acts 13:2). Paul and Barnabus are new to …
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A couple weeks ago here at St. Christopher’s, our confirmation students offered the day’s sermon, each sharing things they had learned and questions that remained open for them after our time of reading and reflecting together. Those of you who were here know that the students shared a variety of interesting thoughts and observations–and in the middle of it, someone shared suspicions about the idea of original sin….
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What silences you? What makes your breath catch in your throat and leaves you wondering how words could ever live up to their descriptive task? “When they heard this, they were silenced” (Acts 11:18). That’s how the writer of Acts describes the reaction of the church at Jerusalem….
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Fear is part of the air we breathe, and it seems that there are new opportunities to breathe it in almost daily. I am currently getting my first taste of that unique variety of fear that comes with being a parent. Things that have never been particularly pulse-quickening before are now causing me to be on my guard, ready for anything….
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