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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…

Advent 2

By Daniel P. Richards | December 5, 2019

“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;…

Note for Advent 1 2019

By Daniel P. Richards | November 26, 2019

“The difference between a path and a road is not only the obvious one. A path is little more than a habit that comes with knowledge of a place. It is a sort of ritual of familiarity. As a form, it is a form of contact with a known landscape. It is not destructive. It…

Crowning Christ as King

By Daniel P. Richards | November 21, 2019

Jesus’s crown was a twisted laurel wreath of thorns. In his suffering he is revealed as king, though not the king either the people around him expected or we want today. He is not a king like the kings of this world. He is not going to conquer you. He is not going to destroy…

Stewardship: Walking Like Jesus

By Daniel P. Richards | November 14, 2019

When I was a teenager in Mississippi, there was this one kid who was a little older and way cooler than me.  Well, he was cooler than anyone else at the school. And he walked just like Michael Jordan. It is this long stride, lanky casual gait that just looked totally relaxed even when moving…

Seabury Sunday next Weekend!!!

By Daniel P. Richards | November 7, 2019

Bring some bangers and mash a week early. Every year for more than a decade, we have celebrated Seabury Sunday with bagpipes, drums, tartans, and flags. Next weekend we will celebrate the first bishop to be consecrated for the nascent American Episcopal Church. This is the birthday for our denomination, and a chance to sneak…

Come to Evensong

By Timothy J. Watt | October 31, 2019

“Now as we come to the setting of the sun, and our eyes behold the vesper light, we sing thy praises O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” (Book of Common Prayer, p 64)  These words come from an ancient prayer called the Phos Hilaron, so named from its original Greek wording.  In English we…

Praying as a Priesthood

By Daniel P. Richards | October 25, 2019

Dear People of God,  Our bishop, the Rt. Rev. Jennifer Reddall, has called for our prayers for her son Nathan. He is ten years old and attends school where my son does. We don’t know much more than that as I write and may never know much more.  This is the nature of life in…

Covenant and Law and You, O Agent of the Light!

By Daniel P. Richards | October 17, 2019

This coming weekend I am leading a memorial service in a boxing gym for a family connected to us by one of our families. Bart Yerger died at 47 after a long bout with cancer, and he was a fighter. But the reason his service is being held in a boxing gym is not because…

The Elephant and the Driver

By Daniel P. Richards | October 10, 2019

There is an elephant inside you, and a driver. The elephant is your will. Your will is that part of your internal being that gets things done. It is powerful and driven by desires that are basic and usually not fully formed or explored. The Christian spiritual tradition has always warned us about desires. They…

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