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  • SATURDAY, June 23

    I live in a small town with a robust arts community. Painters, woodworkers, potters, and weavers attend to their crafts, regularly showcasing their handiwork and creativity in public venues. I am amazed by how intricate and tactile their work is—the slightest finger movement completely transforms ....
  • FRIDAY, June 22

    A friend of mine often says that it’s not the virgin birth or the bodily resurrection that he has trouble believing. He can’t understand the grace of forgiveness. Indeed, the concept of forgiveness may be one of the hardest to grasp in the life of a Christian. Forgiveness isn’t a pardon or a d....
  • THURSDAY, June 21

    Jesus’ disciples are an ideal small group: enough people to divvy up important tasks but not so many as to lose focus and identity. They are also deeply flawed: naysayers, fickle-minded, easily distracted, anxious, contemptuous, and deceitful. To put it simply, they are human—the good, the bad, ....
  • WEDNESDAY, June 20

    My friend Jim is an avid hiker. He must enjoy charity cases because he occasionally invites me to join him! I don’t know much about hiking, but I enjoy Jim’s company in the beauty of God’s creation. I have learned two handy rules about hiking: Wear good shoes, and watch your step.

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  • TUESDAY, June 19

    As a child, I was taught to eat what was put on the table and to give thanks for those who prepared it—or go without. One evening, I chose to test this policy by refusing to eat and beginning a hunger strike. A patient woman, my mother called my bluff and put my plate in the fridge, knowing that I....
  • MONDAY, June 18

    I’ve heard the phrase, “Just have faith,” used in situations from finding a good parking place to overcoming a grave illness. “Just have faith” and things will turn out in your favor. In this calculation, it is as if faith is the missing variable in the equation of life. If we have enough ....
  • SUNDAY, June 17     4 Pentecost

    Every Sunday afternoon, I retreat to my favorite chair and read the New York Times, complete with an entire page of puzzles—including the infamous crossword. I start tinkering with it right away and come back to the puzzle for a few minutes each day for the next week. By the following Sun....
  • SATURDAY, June 16

    Whenever I read about the Apostle Peter, I hear my grandmother’s voice in my head saying, “Bless his heart!” I often wonder if I’m much different from Peter.

    Peter wants to stay on the mountaintop with Jesus, where things are calm and safe and where nobody is rai....

  • FRIDAY, June 15

    As a culture, we place an enormous amount of emphasis on self-reliance and personal accountability. Helping someone is all well and good until it affects our bottom line. “I made it all on my own,” we say, “and you should too.” It is little wonder we are so emotionally and financially divorc....
  • THURSDAY, June 14

    For the better part of a decade, I’ve made an annual retreat to a convent in southern Ohio. It is a time of deep spiritual rest and refreshment—and a lot of prayer!

    Each day, shortly before dawn the community gathers for Lauds, followed by Morning Prayer and Eucharis....

  • WEDNESDAY, June 13

    A small church on the outskirts of the diocese was in distress. The priest reached out to the bishop for help, and the bishop agreed to meet with the church leadership. When the priest informed the leadership that the bishop would be visiting, one angry parishioner spoke up and said, “If the bisho....
  • TUESDAY, June 12

    New to the church? Casserole. New neighbors? Carrot cake. New baby? Potato soup. Funeral? Fried chicken. For many of us, food is a kind of sacrament—an outward and visible sign of grace and hospitality, a way to express our love and care.

    Food means a lot in Jesus’ d....

  • MONDAY, June 11     Saint Barnabas, Apostle

    Many organizations consider “a good leader” as the person who comes in and charts the course, steers the ship, and tells the subordinates what to do. This model of leadership is alive and well in many churches. If we hire a young and dynamic pastor, surely she or he will bring in other young....
  • SUNDAY, June 10     3 Pentecost

    Hide and Seek is a coffee-hour ritual for the children at our church. The joyful shrieking of toddlers echoes through the parish hall and around campus as they playfully search each other out.

    As I write this meditation, I’m sitting in my office listening to a four-yea....

  • SATURDAY, June 9

    College basketball is a quasi-religion in my part of the world, and March Madness is its most holy season. Folks identify with their preferred school or athletic conference and tout their allegiances on shirts, vehicles, billboards, and even tattooed on their skin. Insulting another team is second o....
  • FRIDAY, June 8

    Fear is the preoccupation with the question, “What if?” What if I don’t do well on the exam? What if I don’t get the job? What if the diagnosis is grim? Truth be told, none of us can live out our days without at least a passing glint of fear. More than a hundred verses in the Bible ....
  • THURSDAY, June 7

    On a good night, the community kitchen serves more than a hundred meals to those who would otherwise go hungry. Many men and women in our area lead lives of social and economic scarcity, so part of our mission is to ensure that there is always enough for everyone to eat and be satisfied.

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  • WEDNESDAY, June 6

    The third chapter of Ecclesiastes is surely at the top of the charts of familiar Bible verses. Thanks to Pete Seeger’s setting of the song, “Turn! Turn! Turn!”, the verse also found favor at the top of the Billboard charts. But too often, a biblical text’s familiarity dulls our abil....
  • TUESDAY, June 5

    When my parents visit us, they almost always attend our church. Preaching is an important part of my vocation, and I look forward to it—except when Mom is sitting in the front row.

    I wonder if Jesus feels that all-too-familiar twinge of anxiety when he teaches in his h....

  • MONDAY, June 4

    The psalms are often a profound source of comfort. Phrases such as, “The Lord is my shepherd…” and, “Open my lips, O Lord…” instill a familiar sense of serenity and peace. However, the psalmist can also bring hard-to-hear news. Such is the case today.

    Althoug....

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