The middle of Christmas usually means some mix of dinner, nap, and football in my anticipation. But that is because I have a poor pagan definition of Christmas. Christmas is not one day, as I have reminded the congregations of several parishes over the last two decades.  Christmas is a twelve day feast that moves…

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Like most people, I associate Christmas with red and green. Wrapping paper, cards, even that weird elf that spies on your kids is red and green. (I really don’t get the Elf on a Shelf thing.) But neither Advent nor Christmas is celebrated in red or green in church. Blue or purple is the color…

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John the Baptist came before Jesus wearing camel’s hair clothing and a leather belt around his waist. He went before Jesus to prepare us for his coming. He came as a prophet to a people who had gotten complacent and selfish.  He asked the people of Israel to be baptized for both the forgiveness of…

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“It has sometimes been said that Anglicanism has a particular insight into the mystery of the Incarnation. Rome, it has been said, focuses on the glory of the Cross, and Orthodoxy on the mystery of the Resurrection; the Reformed Churches are transfixed by the Sovereignty of God and Pentecostals by the Coming of the Holy Ghost;…

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