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Rector’s Blog: Rooted in Victory

Holy Week is upon us! Beginning Sunday, we will follow Jesus through his final days of triumph. On Palm Sunday, Jesus was lauded by the crowd in Jerusalem. They waved palm branches and shouted praises to the Lord. On Maundy Thursday, Jesus gathered his disciples in the upper room and proclaimed that his body and…

Rector’s Blog: Spiritual spring

I came home from the office last week to discover my driveway blocked by my sons and their friends playing basketball. After months of cold weather, they were enjoying being outside in warm weather, playing a sport they loved. It was fun to hear them yell and laugh as they played. It was a sign…

Rector’s Blog: It’s not too late!

Early in my ministry, I was the Chaplain of the school that met at our church. One Wednesday, the third grade class led music for chapel. A few seconds into their first song, I saw the drummer look up with panic on his face. He hadn’t started with the rest of the group. In utter…

Rector’s Blog: Walking with Jesus

One of my favorite holidays is Thanksgiving. I love it because of the cooler weather, as fall takes a turn into winter. I love it because of the food that is traditionally saved for just that special day. I love it most, though, for the memories I have of my family gathered together throughout the…

Rector’s Blog: Kyrie Eleison

Last week, Jordan introduced us to a new song called “Kyrie Eleison.” Since we’re going to sing it throughout Lent, I thought it might be helpful to talk a little bit about why we’ve chosen it. First, the title might be familiar to you, but because it’s in Greek you might just think it means…

Rector’s Blog: Everyday Missionaries

When I was in graduate school, I spent a week in Moscow with friends of mine who were missionaries there. They had uprooted their lives and slogged through language school to share Jesus with people in this country where the gospel had been suppressed for decades. I loved spending time with them, exploring the city,…

Rector’s Blog: Rooted in Christ’s Invitation to Lent

As we look toward the season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday (March 6), I want to remind you that at that service you don’t receive a Warning about Lent or a Sales Pitch about Lent, you receive an Invitation to Lent. Here are the words that start the service: I invite you, therefore,…

Rector’s Blog: Surprise Genius

A few years ago, while reading The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard, I came across one of the most provocative and unexpected statements about Jesus that I had ever read. Willard writes, Our commitment to Jesus can stand on no other foundation than a recognition that he is the one who knows the truth about…

Rector’s Blog: Rooted in Service

This week I read this story on a friend’s Facebook page (I use it with their permission): I work at a job where I can make a small impact in people’s lives by treating them with respect and kindness. Face to face I talk to many people during interviews and these people really touch my…