Lent 2019: A Call to Prayer, Fasting, and Action

“We are living through perilous and polarizing times as a nation, with a dangerous crisis of moral and political leadership at the highest levels of our government and in our churches. We believe the soul of the nation and the integrity of faith are now at stake.” (From A Confession of Faith in a Time of Crisis)

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Discovering the Truth about Ourselves this Lent

When I was an assistant at Trinity Church, Boston, I prepared teenagers for confirmation. Along with the Rector of Trinity and his wife, Nancy and I were invited to dinner at the house of one of the teenagers. After a wonderful evening together, Nancy and I said good-bye to our hosts, Bob and Ann Muller. Yes, the Bob Muller, Purple Heart recipient, former Director of the FBI, and now Special Counsel of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections and related matters.

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Worshiping God with Reckless Abandon

Episcopalians, and I suspect other Christians, spend too much time in their head in worship. The great thing about music is that it gets in your body—in your gut—and you begin to move—albeit in very limited fashion in an Episcopal service! David’s worship was embodied. He was leaping and dancing, and doing so half-naked!

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Loneliness is a Killer

A survey conducted by the health company Cigna found that “Nearly half of Americans report sometimes or always feeling alone or left out.” Perhaps most troubling of all for the future of our society, the survey found that generation Z—those 18—22—is the loneliest generation.

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What Words Do We Listen to?

Words matter. We only need to look at the divisions in our society. The enormous divide in our politics is driven by whether we listen to the words of Fox News or MSNBC. The tragedy for the church is not so much, which news outlet has our ear. The tragedy is that we have allowed our lives to be governed by these words and not the ones in the Bible. As a result, we see the issues of the day through the lens of one of the media outlets and not the Word of God

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The Healing Power of Inclusive Love

If at some point in the past you have been diminished by the church, your worst fear is that it will happen again. Your worst fear is that what the church says and how they live will be disconnected. It is extraordinarily healing when those fears don’t come true and a person is welcomed as they are.

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How Do We Share the Good News With Our Children?

Young people, and people of all ages for that matter, are transformed by a community that lives an alternative way because they have given their obedience to God. The best church school program in the world won’t form our children in the faith unless we show our children what faithful lives look like.

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