The Dance and the Call

When I was ordained to the diaconate in 2003 at Epiphany in Tempe, it was a strange and wonderful day for me. I had been ordained seven years earlier as a Baptist minister, but I had now come to the Episcopal Church, was confirmed, and then went through discernment at Trinity Cathedral and gone off…

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The Holy Spirit and Holy Orders

Pentecost is Sunday.  The name means literally “fifty days.” It is the 50th day after Easter and Passover in particular.  It was the feast to celebrate the Israelites eating from the first fruits of the promised land. It marked the end of exile and the beginning of a new nation and people. There is a…

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Suit Up

“If you are on the field, you are in the game.” I don’t actually know where I first heard these words, but they have been a life-law since I was in middle school. They are a first principle in liturgy and discipleship. If you are here, you are part of what God is doing in this place. …

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Mothers and the Holy Spirit

Mother’s Day is this Sunday.  Heads up, late shoppers!   Mother’s Day is great for most, and awful for a few. The church in the post-modern United States has not always known what to do with non-nuclear family women. I have heard more than a few unfortunate things said to women around Mother’s Day. But,…

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