Take Up Your Cross

Shame. It is hard to explain the shame of the cross in any way that touches our modern culture. We are not a people that feel shame in general.  In Jesus’s time, anyone associated with someone who was crucified would be humiliated. The cross was the perfect and complete symbol of shame. Imagine if someone…

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Week One of Lent- God’s Revealed and Hidden

Baptism. Growing up, baptism was all about the forgiveness of sins, and maybe eternal fire insurance depending on the tradition where you grew up. This was always suspicious, but I could never put my finger on why. Was God just planning on burning up the vast majority of human beings unless they got the right…

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What? No Ashes?

In past years for Ash Wednesday there have been clergy that went into the streets and put ashes on passers-by. I know why they do it, but I have fussed with friends that this is like reminding total strangers that they are going to die.  You have no idea the context in which they hear…

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What a Year! What a Meeting!

Thank you to everyone who showed up virtually for the annual meeting. It was quite a recap of the year that was 2020. Thank you for your work this last year, your giving, your kind words, and your worship. As we look forward together, I want to simply ask you to pray for Christ Church…

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