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Christians Connecting with Muslims

Sometimes opportunities come along at just the right time. The news has been full of late with stories—both horrifying and tragic—of violence perpetrated in the name of Islam. In the aftermath we are confronted with seemingly conflicting narratives: Islam is a religion of peace; Islamic extremism seeks the destruction of Western civilization...Read More

Three Streams Converged

I was born Catholic, raised Pentecostal and educated Evangelical. As an Evangelical I frowned upon my Pentecostal upbringing. As a Pentecostal I frowned upon my Catholic birth. In my early thirties I began frowning upon all my frowning. Was it possible for one church to be fully evangelical, fully charismatic and fully catholic? Could I take the best of all of my church experiences and meld them into one cohesive worship life? One year later by God's grace I along with my wife and three kids have been adopted into the All Saints family...Read More

Community and Outreach

All through scripture and church history there is the focus on knowing God as found in community. We...Read More

Remember Your Baptism

Last year, around this time, I had the privilege of standing with my family and watching my daughter Eleanor be baptized. It was a sacred moment, not only for her, and not only for me and my family, but for everyone there. We all witnessed God’s grace poured out on her and were reminded of the grace God has extended to all of us. We also all stood together and rehearsed our baptismal covenant...Read More

Epiphany (2014)

The Feast of Epiphany is an incredibly important day in the life of the Church. Celebrated upon the completion of the twelve days of Christmas, Epiphany falls on January 6th of each year and brings to completion what is called the Cycle of Light - the seasons of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany...Read More

New Year, New You

This was the rather cheesy title used by Chris+ Myers last Sunday. It was a department store tag line he used as a foil in his sermon to talk about the joyful search of the Magi, compared to the threat that the Christ-child meant to Herod. True, its cheesy, but it represents the same hope that we all have as we begin a new year...Read More

Epiphany

Typically I have my greatest epiphanies in the shower or while mowing the lawn. Problems I’ve been mulling over for days will suddenly snap into perfect clarity; simple and elegant solutions made apparent. I’ve heard that there are scientific studies that show I’m not alone in this; that there is something about a simple and mundane task that can activate our subconscious in ways that aid in making these sort of connections...Read More

The Holy Name

January 1st is the Feast of the Holy Name. Eight Days after birth, observant Jews would take their male children to the synagogue for circumcision and to formally name them. The act of naming, like the act of blessing, is an act of authority. The greater names and blesses the lesser. So it was, that when Adam was given authority to steward creation, part of that stewardship was to name the animals...Read More

The Journey to Epiphany

For many the beginning of a new year is a time for reflection, a time to take stock of our lives, and to think about the things we might like to change about our ourselves or our circumstances. What many of us hope for, what I hope for at least, is a sudden insight or revelation. I want all the pieces to fit together and for life to make more sense. What I am hoping for is an epiphany...Read More

A Christmas in Crisis

As we read the news headlines, they all seem to be more and more crises. There is North Korea deciding what kind of movies we can watch. There is the potential normalization of relations with Cuba that has its consequences. Terrorist attacks around the world and in our own country create anxiety and fear...Read More