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Posts from February 2015

Stephen

I read about Stephen (from Acts 6) in my daily reading today. It was not easy to read. Some people who belonged to a synagogue (and therefore thought of themselves as people of God every bit as much as we in the modern Church think of ourselves as people of God) disagreed with Stephen. (I […]

Trust or Bargaining?

From Psalm 25:1-2: “To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I trust; do not let me be put to shame; do not let my enemies exult over me.” I remember when I was a teenager and sought advice on how to learn to say “better” prayers – you […]

“You Will Never Wash My Feet”

My daily gospel reading for today is John 13:1-20, which describes the washing of the disciples feet by Jesus. As I read the passage today, I was struck by Peter’s two responses to Jesus. Peter’s first response, after Jesus tells Peter that Jesus will wash Peter’s feet, is “You will never wash my feet.” After […]

Is it True that Service and Prayer Cannot be Separated?

“Service and prayer can never be separated…” – Henri Nouwen (from “The Living Reminder” In “The Living Reminder”, Nouwen writes that Christians (and even the Church) are tempted to separate ministry from spirituality (and he defines “ministry” as “service” and “spirituality” as “prayer”), but to do so is really impossible. Since i see so many […]