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May Our Sad Divisions Cease*

I was struck by a scene in one of the most recent episodes of the online series The Chosen (see below**). Jesus’ new disciples Peter and Matthew get into a heated argument. Matthew is depicted as the tax collector who had made Peter’s life financially miserable....

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From Fear to Freedom

Lockdown. It is the tragic and fearful state which we all experienced early on in the pandemic. Everything came to a halt. Sadly, some countries are in the midst of lockdowns again. What struck me as I considered the story of Jesus appearing to the disciples after the resurrection (John 20:19-23) is that they were in lockdown:...

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AWOL

Most of you are probably familiar with the military acronym AWOL, Absent Without Leave. It refers to persons who have left their posts without permission (but who have not permanently deserted.) In the midst of Lent, I want to re-purpose the same acronym. I think many of us are regularly Absent Without Leaving. In other words, we may be physically present (or at least v...

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Rocky Ground

Have you ever felt like you are sailing in a fog? I think the pandemic alone, even without the other stresses we are experiencing nationally, makes us all feel disoriented....

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Responding to Violence And Praying for our Nation

I write to call for prayer for our nation and to reflect personally and Biblically on some of what we have seen....

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Responding to the Violence in Washington DC

What a traumatic and tragic week we have been through together. I am reeling from the report of the death of a Capitol police officer from the mayhem on Wednesday in Washington. I know many of you, like me, are still having trouble believing that the Capitol could have been under siege with members of Congress literally hiding in the building....

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December Communique Letter from the Bishop

Dear brothers and sisters in the diocese, I pray you are having a blessed Christmas season! In her recent version of the song "I Wish You a Merry Christmas," Victoria Monet adds this question as a final verse: Yes, I'm so done with 2020I think we've all been through plentyCan we just have a Merry ChristmasAnd a Happy New Year? Of course, the question it raises is what ...

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October Communique Letter

Dear brothers and sisters, What a tumultuous time we are in: pandemic, racial strife, economic struggle, political turmoil, and what might be called "unsocial media" frenzy. How are we as believers in Jesus to respond? First of all, we should not be surprised by all the signs of the fallenness of the world. Instead we should be always amazed that the Lord has extended h...

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Thanksgiving, Masks, and Prayers

So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding. Romans 14:19 Dear brothers and sisters in the diocese, Greetings in the Lord Jesus who reigns over all. Sadly, the pandemic is still with us. Therefore let me briefly share a commendation, a concern and a challenge in this hard season. Commendation for Faithfulness I am very thankful to the L...

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July Communique Letter from the Bishop

Dear brothers and sisters in the Diocese, One of the first choruses I learned when I was a new Christian had these words: "God is our refuge, our refuge and our strength, in trouble a very present help. Therefore, will we not fear" The words come from Psalm 46, which goes on to speak of God's faithfulness in the midst of earthquake and flood. I share these words because...

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