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The Image of God

By Daniel P. Richards | February 13, 2020

As we have looked at the theology of God in the church over the last few weeks, we have also been looking at how we view ourselves. The claim of the faith is that we have been given the power of God to become his children by Jesus, our first born brother.  The word we…

Old Photos of God

By Daniel P. Richards | February 6, 2020

We don’t have photographs of God. It is that simple. We don’t have old Polaroids or 35 millimeter prints, no daguerreotypes or pinhole camera images of the divine. We just have us.  God is known by his children. Jesus was the first-begotten, or “mono-genos” in Greek. But through Christ we have been given power to…

When Clergy Pray Together

By Daniel P. Richards | January 30, 2020

Up at Chapel Rock, the Bishop gathers the deacons and priests of the diocese for a time of reunion, recreation, and learning. The annual clergy conference is always a little bit like a call to better work and a family reunion.  Although we work just down the street from each other, it is the best…

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiness, and God

By Daniel P. Richards | January 23, 2020

King has never stood for holiness for me. Growing up in the South there were always rumors about the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., so hearing the FBI reports revealed in the last couple of years was a shock, but not a surprise. Nor are those reports easy to take at face value due…

“See. There is a God.”

By Daniel P. Richards | January 16, 2020

There are these little moments in our lives when we are simply overwhelmed by awe.  For me it was kneeling in an alleyway in Mexico during a medical mission where I was spiritual support. (Meaning I played soccer with the local kids while they waited for medical care.) Looking for shade, I had gone around…

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

By Timothy J. Watt | January 9, 2020

Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.”…

Happy Secular New Year!

By Daniel P. Richards | January 2, 2020

Every year I take a certain pride in reminding everyone who will listen that the Christian new year begins on the first Sunday of Advent. But in truth, I sit down at the beginning of the secular year and rewrite my personal rule of life. I go over the past year and rearrange my priorities…

The 12 Days of Christmas

By Daniel P. Richards | December 26, 2019

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…

Christmas in Red and Green

By Daniel P. Richards | December 19, 2019

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…

Bearing the Light of Christ

By Daniel P. Richards | December 11, 2019

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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