A House of Cards

When we don’t accept ourselves as creatures created in God’s image; when we don’t accept ourselves as “marvelously made” (Ps 139.13); and when we don’t accept that we are loved by God beyond all imagining, we usually begin to build an identity that is a house of cards.

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Slow Down and Link Arms

The “rat race” is killing us. Everybody is stressed out and exhausted, and acutely aware that something is missing. The antidote is to slow down and pay attention to the one who has fallen and is in pain.

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Still a Messy Church

What our troubled world needs is not another slick church, but a church that acknowledges that most of the time we just don’t have a clue and therefore our only hope is God. This would be a church where anybody, no matter how messy their life, could find a home.

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Living with Uncertainty

It is my experience that when we are young we often live in denial. We assume that the uncertainty of life—at least in our case—is an aberration, and one day everything will become much more predictable. As we get older, we begin to realize that fantasy will never come true and reluctantly begin to accept the new reality.

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What I Find Hard to Bring to God?

When life is full of trials and tribulations, I find it hard to bring all my feelings to God. I realize how quickly I edit my feelings. I don’t find it hard to ask God for help during these times. But if the truth be known, during such difficult times the real issue is not just the need for help, but that I am very frustrated and angry with God and I don’t easily go there.

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Do You Struggle with Weakness and Failure?

When it comes to acknowledging weakness and failure, the most important thing we forget is this: It is precisely our weaknesses and failures that make us realize how much we need God and other people. In fact, the Christian journey begins when we acknowledge that we can’t go it alone and need help. We don’t receive the waters of baptism as a reward for our strength and virtuous behavior, but as a gift for acknowledging our need for God’s love and mercy.

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Unanswered Prayer II

The psalms of course are the primary school for prayer in the Bible. Many psalms of lament struggle with God's delay in answering prayer, but the usual pattern is that eventually God responds to the cry for help. In Ps. 31 the person in distress felt forsaken, but God eventually heard his cry. "I had said in my alarm, “I am driven far from your sight.” But you heard my supplications when I cried out to you for help (v.22).” This is the typical pattern in every case except for one, Ps. 88.

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What are Newcomers Longing for in a Church?

In a previous blog, I mentioned that we have had more people join St. Timothy’s in the last year than any of the previous 25 years that I have been the rector of this church. I bet that if I had all those people in a room discussing why they landed at St. Timothy’s, it would have to do with the combination of the divine and human welcome they received.

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