What Camp taught me about Rules, the Great Commandment, and Priorities

There are few universal rules, especially at Camp. A person is running. Running can lead to falling—especially in a world of unpaved paths, gravel, roots, large rocks, and done in an often ungainly body. So we don’t run. Except when we do (some games and activities, and in the case of emergencies). So we can’t […]

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Junior Middler Camp 2013

This is the week I get to simultaneously wear my Priest hat and my Camp Director hat! In large part because I’ve been the priest for this week of camp for 5 years now, I really wanted to maintain that connection with the kids who usually come to JM1. Our Junior Middler Camps are for […]

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At Deathbeds: On Closing Churches

In the last 18 month I’ve been present at the closing of three Churches. I was their priest; they had been a cluster when I was called. In each case it was excruciating and sad. In each case it was the right choice. Churches, the actual communities, the buildings located in towns and cities, are […]

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120 Books, 40 Days

The year I bought the most (non-school) books was my senior year of college. I was six or seven when I discovered books so I’ve spent almost a quarter century reading, buying, and accumulating books. One of the six bookshelves (yes, six) in my apartment is dedicated to books that I have found and anticipate […]

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More than Jesus is Awesome

I am a Christian. I am not always sure if it is okay to call myself one. A week ago Marcus Mumford, whose music I enjoy, had an interview published in Rolling Stone where he said, “I don’t really like that [the word Christian]… I wouldn’t call myself a Christian. I think the word just […]

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Small Churches, Big Buildings, and Millennials

In the last few days, I’ve seen at least two articles speculate about how Millennials might just be important to the future of the Church and radically change the nature of the Church. Apparently, my age-peers and I are not the natural heirs the Baby Boomers and do not want to merely continue what was […]

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Power that is Passed On: thoughts on a Papal Resignation

I woke up this morning, as I usually do, to NPR and the news. This morning I wasn’t completely sure a little time travel hadn’t been involved. The Pope resigning? But a quick check of the date (not April 1st) and other news sources (yep, the same thing) indicated, if not something completely new under […]

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Going Meta: Reviewing Sermon Reviews, part 3

Part Three: Other Preachers It’s hard to avoid this being a list of links. But I’ve found some preachers I enjoy and certainly would have appreciated something like this existing at several different points in my life. So, here are the sites on my sermon list: Mostly Weekly My Sermons, audio Bishop Rickel, Diocese of […]

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Sunday Afternoon on Twitter

I have an ongoing goal to show that actual conversations happen on Twitter.  I like to think of Twitter as the online version of a great coffee shop where great conversation can happen.  So this afternoon on Twitter a group of us started talking about Eucharistic Prayers. Common Prayer Youth@BCPYouth Eucharistic Prayer A: Eucharistic Prayer […]

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I Dream of Bishops

Tonight I’m dreaming of Bishops. I grew up in a Church with a priest who is male. He was our priest from the time my family joined the Church to when I left for seminary. Although I was blessed to have a priest who was amazingly supportive and encouraging, I still remember the first time […]

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