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Old Truths for the New Year - Prayer of Confession from Book of Common Prayer

Over the last couple of weeks I have shared some thoughts from two of my favorite church documents: the Westminster Shorter Catechism and the Heidelberg Catechism. This week I want to share some insights from the Episcopal Church’s Book of Common Prayer. While not found directly in a...

Old Truths for the New Year - Heidelberg Catechism Q and A 1

A new year often offers us hope that things will change for the better and challenges faced in the past will be resolved or overcome. I think 2021 had more hope for change than any other year I can remember. Some of this optimism was the generic kind that comes from “new year, new...

Old Truths for the New Year - Westminster Shorter Catechism Q & A 1-3

As we begin a new year, we often have high hopes and expectations. For some reason, the start of a new year - not a new week or new month - really seems to excite us and give us optimism. Yet, we also know that nothing magical happens when we turn the page on the calendar to January; it really...

Reflecting on 2020

At the end of the year, it’s not uncommon to have a post that reflects on the events or highlights various discussions over the past year. In a year in which so much has been atypical, I decided to look at some of this year’s blog posts to find something familiar and share some...

The Pilgrims Wouldn't Have Wished You a Merry Christmas

On Thanksgiving we often think about the Pilgrims who came to Massachusetts in 1620 (400 years ago ago this year). Since these settlers came to America for the sake of religious freedom, we might wonder how they celebrated Christmas. Interestingly enough, they didn’t celebrate Christmas at...

What Did Mary Know?

Many are familiar with the song, “Mary, Did You Know?”. It was first released in 1991 (the words were written in 1984) and has been recorded and performed in various venues and contexts. It strikes at the heart of a conversation I’ve had with so many about what it would have...

The Incarnation Points to Both/And Living in an Either/Or World

A few weeks ago I bought myself an early Christmas present - a recently released book about the thoughts and ideas of John Stott, an influential British pastor and author who went home to glory in 2011. I read through it quickly, and I really enjoyed this opportunity to dig deeper into...

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