Epiphanies of Prayer – Cutting through the Jargon

Churches are bad places for jargon – basically language intended for precision use by professionals that spills over into public use. Sometimes we don’t even realize we are using it, because we’ve become so used to these phrases that we don’t see how exclusive jargon can be. As an external...

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Advent Expectations IV – Love

I love how yesterday’s choir service turned out. I had a number of people complementing me on the service, to which I was responded that credit belongs with David Ferguson, the choir, the Amici Strings and our guest soloists. My role was to frame the presentation of Vivaldi’s Gloria in...

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Advent Expectations III – Joy

My daughter turns 11 today. Let me repeat that. My daughter. turns. 11. today… Where did the time go? I remember the day she arrived, and immediately after she was born this bewildered look on this tiny little face. She didn’t cry, at least not right away, but rather opened...

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Advent Expectations II – Keep Warm

It’s cold today. Yes, I am pointing out the obvious, but it’s the realization that it hasn’t been cold like this in a few years here in the city. November was exceptionally warm, apparently six degrees above the average expected temperatures for the month. I remember growing up that November...

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Advent Expectations I – Hope

  “Comfort, O Comfort O my people…” – Isaiah 40:1 One year. Hard to believe, but it has been one year since I started doing my almost-weekly missives. Simply by the default of the Christian calendar, you’ve come to know them as “Pentecost Ponderings” but they started out in December...

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