Everything you need for an epic Easter

In its bid to part consumers with their money, Walmart has produced a television commercial advertising Easter merchandise. The ad makes reference to an Easter meal, an Easter basket, Easter eggs, and running shoes. The ad suggests that, with these items, kids can get ahead of the pack at an Easter egg hunt. The message of the ad is summed up by these words: “Only Walmart has low prices every …

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An ordered life

From time to time, every man must pause for a moment of introspection. Is the life he’s living purposeful? Socrates stated that “The unexamined life is not worth living.” One tends to agree, but with the understanding that an unexamined life is unworthy not because it is unexamined but because, by being unexamined, its sins go without repentance. C. S. Lewis wrote in Mere Christianity, When a man is getting …

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Christmas as a day of worship

It has become my tradition to attend church service on Christmas Day. This is a tradition generally abandoned in our present time, sadly. How can I not take the time to worship the Lord on the day we Christians mark as the celebration of the birth of Christ? I encourage you to take your family to church this Christmas Day so that you may give thanks for the incarnation of …

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What is a parish?

This article is part 2 of 2 in the series Parish Ministry.

In reflecting on Anglican congregations and their connections with their respective geographical communities, we must look at the meaning of the term “parish”. The American Heritage Dictionary offers this definition, which I have abbreviated to the relevant portions. a. An administrative part of a diocese that has its own church in the Anglican, Roman Catholic, and some other churches. b.The members of such a parish; a religious community attending one …

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An old paradigm for a new day: reinstituting the parish system

This article is part 1 of 2 in the series Parish Ministry.

In my ministry as a military chaplain, I find myself with a few hundred souls who are my parishioners whether they want to be or not. I minister to them all. With some, I celebrate the sacraments; with others, I listen to their struggles. To all, I share friendship, concern, and compassion. I’m not perfect, of course, but I try to minister to all of them pastorally. This model of …

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