May 13, 2017 – We Need Our Histories!

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You may have noticed lately the collection of “alternative facts” which some politicians are using in place of actual history.  While claims made by politicians about historical figures can muddle up our mundane lives, similar claims can have an even worse effect in our spiritual lives.  

It can be said that at the heart of any legend is a kernel of truth.  And, it is amazing how much archaeology has done to show legends and revered writings to be accurate history.  And, the internet makes more available in the way of documentation and distance exploration than has ever existed!  This means that most people will be able to read literature of history and/or legends, experience the places where they happened, and also have a more fulfilling spiritual experience.  

While many people have been exposed to Biblical Archaeology, other traditions have their ancient times and their tales, writings, sites and ways waiting to be explored and learned.  Heorot, the mead-hall made famous in the tale of Beowulf, for instance, has been located.  The Celtic lands have many sites, and more waiting discovery.  I could go on and on.

The result will not only help your journey, but it will also put your spiritual feet on firmer ground due to your adding knowledge to experience!

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3rd Sunday After Easter – Church Back Home – May 7, 2017

I have a hard time with the Epistle reading here, and not because of what it says. My issue is what some people claim that it says. At the time St Peter wrote this, the world known to him was governed by Rome, and it was relatively just. And, there were no persecutions. Is such a pronouncement of advice all-inclusive?

What of unjust situations. Should civil rights demonstrators stayed silent because segregation was the law? For that matter, should the Pilgrims who settled in Massachusetts have instead stayed in England and affirmed their loyalty to the Church of England, since it was England’s only lawful church at the time?

Just laws are just and deserve to be followed. But we don’t need to follow injustice in the name of scripture.


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May 6, 2017 – Wait For It – Or Enjoy It?

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Is something coming?  Or is it here?  Do we wait for it, do we enjoy it, or do we enjoy what we have and anticipate even more?  

There is much anticipation in most spiritual traditions, looking forward to what is coming.  Or is it already here?  Some among the followers of the Norse tradition feel that Ragnarok and Baldur’s return have happened, while others are waiting.  There are those among the Christians who will tell us that we are supposed to wait for the coming of the Kingdom of God, but would Jesus agree?

The answer might surprise many, and give us a clue as to our own actions which we need to take.

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2nd Sunday After Easter – Church Back Home – April 30, 2017

This Gospel reading is a favorite of mine. Do you notice that Jesus refers to himself, and only himself, as the shepherd? The rest are hirelings and no matter what might be suggested in some people’s titles, the fact remains that all are hirelings. Something useful to keep certain people in perspective.

Here is also where Jesus speaks of other sheep he3 has which are “not of this fold”. He does not say how many other folds there are, or how many other sheep there are, and he makes no claim that they have anything in common with the people he’s addressing here! And this gives hope to many who have not been marching in lock-step behind one particular leader.

So much to know, and so much to prepare to learn!


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April 29, 2017 – Who are they?

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If you see or hear something that others do not, or if you have a significant dream, who are the ones who are communicating with you, and what does it mean?  It’s a question which most of us have at times in our lives and for some of us, it nags us almost constantly.

Following the death of a loved one, a series of very vivid dreams concerning that loved one or what that loved one knows about you.  Lying in bed late at night, depressed and not quite asleep, and suddenly a voice calls your name.  Someone you love and miss appears in a dream to show you something.  The possibilities are limitless, but sometimes a dream is only a dream.

The task for each of us is to gain understanding of what we are seeing  

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1st Sunday After Easter – Church Back Home – April 23, 2017

Here, the Gospel and Epistle readings are nicely tied together. The Gospel focuses on the aftermath of the crucifixion when the disciples have locked themselves away out of fear, and Jesus comes to them. Jesus then gives them peace, authority and a mission.

In the Epistle, we are told of how we are able to overcome the world because of what we have now.

SPECIAL NOTE: We’re back, and hopefully you’ll like the changes. The first is a special prayer section just before the Last Gospel to remember and pray for loved ones who have passed.

 


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April 22, 2017 – No, You Are Not Crazy!

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What is the difference between your friend who has a vision of a goddess or an angel, and the TV preacher who claims that his god tolls him to tell you to support a particular politician?  Quite a lot, probably, beginning with the fact that real visions do not come to support partisan agendas.

People can and do see, hear and feel things from the spiritual.  And, if it happens to you, you probably do not need the services of a psychiatrist.  But you should use common sense in making use of what you are given.

If you are entrusted with something, you are intrusted to use it with wisdom.  Knowledge is power, but wisdom is what gives that power strength and credibility.

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