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A Good Friday Prayer

by Ken Howard

Forgive me, Lord,

for I know not

what I

do.

Despite my best intentions,

I cannot focus

my faith

on

you.

I lurch… 133 more words

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The Man with the Hammer: A Reflection for Holy Week

by Wendy Dackson

enemies were not the notorious sinners whom society casts out…it was not the gross sins such as shock respectable people which sent Jesus to the Cross: it was the respectable sins which are in the hearts of all of us.

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Alone or Together: A Question for Holy Week

by Ken Howard

When Archbishop Desmond Tutu spoke to the class of 1993 back in my seminary days, he shared with us an old African proverb which has stuck with me through everything the last two decade threw before me: 418 more words

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Was Ghandi a Christian?... It depends...

By Ken Howard

Was Ghandi a Christian?… It depends…

If the definition of Christian is “One who becomes an official member of the ‘religion’ of Christianity,” the answer is most certainly “No” (though from his diaries we learn that he almost did, but turned away from Christianity as a religion after being turned away from a segregated church). 645 more words

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Dry Bones

By The Rev’d Curtis Farr

Lent 5A: Ezekiel 37:1-14

We step closer and closer toward Holy Week, and this week we read all about death and the hope of resurrection—first in Ezekiel’s trek into the valley full of dry bones, second into Bethany where Jesus brings his friend Lazarus back from the dead. 981 more words

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Letting Go of “Leadership”

by Wendy Dackson

A number of years ago, I was very close to a young married couple with a small child who I knew from my church.  1,638 more words

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ARE YOU LEADING A ZOMBIE PARISH? Part 3: OMG! Now what do I do?

The third part of a three-part series – click here for Part 1.

Okay. You’ve taken the quiz and found out you’re leading a Zombie church or a church that’s at risk for becoming Undead. 604 more words

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