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Holy Graffiti

January 5th, 2017 · Comments Off on Holy Graffiti · Faith and the City

Dear Friends in Christ: Today is Epiphany — Jan. 6. After the 12 days of Christmas, Christians move from celebrating the birth of Jesus to contemplating the revelation of Christ to the world. In other words, Epiphany is Jesus going public. During Epiphany, we contemplate the transformative things that happen when people from all walks […]

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How’s the Water?

January 9th, 2014 · Comments Off on How’s the Water? · Faith and the City

One of my former colleagues, Stan Hall, kept an assortment of bottles in his office. It was his water collection. Containers of various shapes and colors held Stan’s special waters. There was a plastic bottle of spring water blessed by Pope John Paul II. There was a bright blue flask of “caffeinated” water. There was […]

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One More Resolution

January 7th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Faith and the City

Made any New Year’s Resolutions? According to surveys, the most frequent resolutions made by Americans include: Get out of debt. Exercise more & lose weight. Quit smoking. Get organized. Learn a new language. Find love. One internet poll claims that the most common resolution for 2011 is: Spend more time with family and friends. What […]

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Do You Remember?

September 21st, 2010 · 13 Comments · Faith and the City

In some churches, baptism looks likes this: The person to be baptized approaches the font, the minister dips her hands into the water and speaks the ancient words, “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” Then she says, “Sally, welcome into the church of Jesus Christ—the […]

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Baptism of the Lord

January 7th, 2010 · Comments Off on Baptism of the Lord · Faith and the City

This Sunday is Baptism of the Lord Sunday.  It is not your most well-known Sunday, but it’s a good one.  It is the Sunday when we transport ourselves to the Jordan River and plunk ourselves down on its banks to watch Jesus get baptized by his fiery-tongued cousin, John. It’s a dramatic moment when Jesus […]

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