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

Tradition and Transition

Human beings cannot live without tradition. We use the word is two distinct ways. We speak of traditions with a small t, to refer to the conventions, by which we interpret Tradition with a capital T in response to the needs of the … Continue reading

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Vulnerability

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Exploring  the Biblical context The Gospel reading for Pentecost 9 is the last section of Matthew 14. Last week in Another Spin on the Feeding of the Five Thousand, I presented this chapter as three story lines (Herod’s banquet, God’s banquet or the … Continue reading

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Another Spin on the Feeding of the Five Thousand

Having spent two weeks on Paul’s message in the 8th Chapter of Romans, I feel a need to come back to Mathew’s Gospel as my focus. It’s hard to avoid commenting on the Feeding of the Five Thousand. It’s one … Continue reading

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Realizing the Future, Seeing and Hearing Our Way into the Mind of God.

Seeing How much of any situation do we think we see? We often act on the assumption that what we see is what there is. What we perceive is the way things really are. Thus, often our actions are doomed … Continue reading

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Romans 8 viewed through a Seashore Prism

It’s summer in Rhode Island. I’m stating the obvious to be sure, for everywhere in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s summer. Being new to Rhode Island I am sensitive to the experience of it being summer, because while it reminds me … Continue reading

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Indiscriminate Waste or God’s Generosity?

Initial observations on the text In Matthew 13:1-23 we are offered one of the most evocative of all Jesus’ parable teachings. Matthew has Jesus not only tell the parable story, but also offer an allegory of the parable’s meaning. This … Continue reading

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Community is the answer, but what is the question?

Since Trinity Sunday, the Lectionary Gospel focus has been on Matthew’s rendition of Jesus’ teaching concerning the experience of discipleship. I have already commented on the way Matthew presents Jesus as a very Moses-like figure http://relationalrealities.com/2014/06/21/facing-up-to-matthew-10-after-a-bewildering-week. In his condemnation of … Continue reading

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Welcoming the Image of God

The text In Matthew 10:40-42 we have a continuation of teaching on discipleship. However, the tone shifts dramatically from last week’s gospel verses which focused on the likelihood of having to negotiate serious conflict when we tread the road as … Continue reading

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Facing up to Matthew 10 after a bewildering week

It’s been a somewhat chaotic and bewildering week, this first week in a new parish. I am someone who needs the external environment to be ordered and aesthetically sympathetic. So moving into a new office and trying to order the … Continue reading

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