The Complicated Faith of Hannah

November 11, 2021

There is a small detail hidden in this week’s readings that can make a huge difference to the way we understand the text. Elkanah the Zuphite from Ephraim had two wives, Peninnah (whose name is probably derived from the Hebrew word for pearl) and Hannah, חַנָּה, whose name means favored or blessed. The story makes…

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Wind and Rain

July 8, 2021

The Monsoon season in Arizona has been a part of life in the desert since I came here in high school.  I love the storms.  As a boy I watched fronts move across the Mississippi skies from the Gulf of Mexico, and when I was older I chased tornadoes in the Mississippi Delta where you…

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The Holy Spirit and Holy Orders

May 20, 2021

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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Whose House is it?

October 22, 2020

Stewardship is a fundamental concept in the New Testament. It is not an idea that makes a lot of sense to us, so the word that is steward in Greek gets translated in all kinds of ways to get across to us what a steward was.  The title gets related mostly to bathrooms and wine…

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In Perspective

October 2, 2020

The park rangers who work at the Echo Canyon entrance to Camelback Mountain see the mountain differently than the people who walk it everyday. If you have hiked Camelback Mountain you know the power of perspective.  You can feel in turns like you are almost finished and moments later like you will never reach the…

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Into the Backcountry

August 27, 2020

Long walks have a way of transforming your heart and mind as a well as your body.  Growing up in the country meant wandering around the land we owned in central Mississippi as a boy in all four seasons and often alone. I would finish chores and head out for the day. Those years of…

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A Season for Ploughing, a Season for Planting, a Season of Harvest

May 14, 2020

Our house is strange this week because it is the time of graduation, and things are not normal. As we have made phone calls and Zoom meetings and online coffee hours, many people have noted that we are all ready for this time to be over and for a new time to begin. The epitome…

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The Bishop’s Visit

April 16, 2020

The Rt. Rev. Jennifer Reddall is coming to “visit” on Sunday. (I say “visit” because she is coming to visit our empty building.) Usually the occasional visit of a bishop is a cause for celebration and pride. This one is a little strange.  Why is a bishop’s visit so important anyway? The bishop is the…

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The Triduum at Christ Church of the Ascension

April 8, 2020

Gary and Janet* are a strange couple. They met in junior high during a first day of school event in a city on the East Coast. They knew each other for decades, but it was only when they were trapped in an elevator together for two days during a power outage that they fell for…

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Holy Week at Christ Church of the Ascension

April 4, 2020

Holy Week is finally here. Below you will find important information about attending services online. Note: ZOOM now requires a password when you join a service or class. Our password is 4015. These services are central to our understanding of our faith. This is when we come closest to the mysteries of Christ’s death and…

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