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Episcopal Priest currently Interim Dean at Trinity Cathedral, Phoenix, Arizona.

Lazarus, Come Hither!

Previously Since the second Sunday of Lent we have been journeying with Jesus through the eyes of John the Evangelist, the writer of the Fourth Gospel. John does not follow the same gospel structure, first developed by the Evangelist Mark, … Continue reading

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Christian Essentials 101: Spiritual Practice

Spiritual Practice Introduction Spiritual Practice lies at the very heart of what it means to be an Episcopalian. Our Anglican Tradition of spirituality has deep roots in the ancient Benedictine spirituality that came to be one of the chief characteristics … Continue reading

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A Man Blind from Birth

This Lent the Lectionary takes us to John’s Gospel with four of his Signs of the Kingdom stories. John builds his theology of love and the Kingdom of God around and through these stories. We began on Lent 2 with the story of … Continue reading

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The Woman At The Well: a sermon delivered to an unknown community

I. Some general observations about John’s Gospel Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s Well is one of those very rich stories that functions for John as one of seven Signs of the Kingdom. We love these stories from John, … Continue reading

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Christian Essentials 101: True Worship

Worship and Common Prayer Worship plays an important role in most Christian Traditions. However, in the Anglican Tradition, of which the Episcopal Church is the American representative, it plays a central and crucial role. We are one of the few, … Continue reading

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Christian Essentials 101: The Bible -Interpretation

The Bible II Understanding the Text “Do you understand what you are reading?” The Ethiopian replied, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” Acts 8:30-31 The Historical Backdrop The most important event of the 16th century is undoubtedly the Protestant … Continue reading

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Christian Essentials -101: The Bible – History and Structure

The Bible I. History and Structure What is the Bible? It is often referred to as the good book. Yet, it is not a book in any modern sense. The Bible is more akin to an encyclopedia or anthology, a … Continue reading

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Christian Essentials-101 History

History  Summary of Milestones in Christian History First 150 years from 33 The Birth of the Church on the Day of Pentecost begins a process of growth with the Gospel. Centered on Jerusalem it begins to be preached further afield … Continue reading

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Christian Essentials 101: God, Jesus, and the Church

Abstract: God is a community within a single identity. An aspect of God (the Word) came to co-exist within the person of Jesus, who through his death and resurrection God does something new in the relationship of creator to creation. … Continue reading

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Christian Essentials 101: Who is Jesus?

I. The Bible Isaiah the Old Testament Prophet speaks of the coming of the Messiah, or anointed one and one of Isaiah’s key images for the Messiah is that of a baby or child who ushers-in the Kingdom of God … Continue reading

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