Walking into St. Luke’s during the Manna Ministries clothing giveaway is like browsing in a department store. Rows of neatly filled racks of clothing, nicely hung on hangers are sorted by gender, size and season. When folks walk through the door they are given an empty bag to fill for themselves and others. The ministry provides clothing to those in far North Texas who need help to make ends meet. The outreach is ecumenical with the congregation from St. Luke’s and area churches providing leadership and volunteers.
Pub Theology, Texarkana style, has kicked off – on a high note, and a high standard was set by inviting diocesan resident theologian, the Rev. Victor Lee Austin, to lead us in thinking theologically as a body together. This was not a time of gimmick to challenge notions about church and beer in southern Bible Belt culture, neither was it primarily evangelistic in conception, but a genuine time to nurture and deepen our existing life and thought together about God, in a venue that accommodates and encourages camaraderie in that venture.
Even though they seem to be observant Muslims, these families inquired about Christianity after hearing about it from another Iraqi family and subsequently, were invited to the Christmas Eve service. Since then, they have been invited to Grace Community for Wednesday night Bible study and have eagerly attended.
Four clergy members were made Honorary Canons at St. Matthew's Cathedral and five lay leaders were inducted into the Order of Garrett.
This blog entry amounts to a piece of advice: go see this movie. It is a presentation of the novel by Endo, which tells the tale of the persecution of the Jesuit mission to the Japanese in the 17th century. By this time the Christians were hidden, as were the priests who arrived. When found, they were tortured unless they agreed to step on icons of Christ or Mary called the fumie. (Similar demands were made in the Roman persecution of the early Christians in the later 3rd century). Such apostasy was amounted to a betrayal of Christ.
There is an old principle of catholic theology, dating at least to the early 3rd-century theologian Origen, that God is never arbitrary. This means that God does not just randomly decide one day to do something, but rather consistently acts in accordance with a plan and purpose. This truth applies to our redemption. The accomplishment of it through the work of Jesus Christ is the culmination of a plan, the preparations for which had been in the making ever since human beings had first stepped away from the intimate relationship of communion with God for which they had been created.
In our Epistle reading from 1st Corinthians, St. Paul gives us what is perhaps the least-obeyed command in all of Holy Scripture. “Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose.” I know, I know – if you have spent any time in church leadership, serving on a Vestry, or at a parish meeting, it is hard not to laugh. With over 200 separate Christian denominations in the U. S. alone, the legacy of Christianity is anything but unity. We Anglicans, once a relatively unified tradition, have suffered our share of painful divisions over the last four decades.
“I love the fog,” a friend was saying on a recent morning. He said it reminds us of how little we can really see—until God lifts us up to himself.
Some researchers are now saying that our non-visual senses (touch, smell, hearing, tasting) have withered on account of the prevalence of artificial light. If you were a retailer of meat or vegetables in a city, say, 200 years ago, you would be at a wholesale market every day long before dawn, obtaining your goods to sell later that day. There was no artificial light to help you (candles would have been far to expensive, and not a lot of good anyway). You would touch and smell the goods on offer and be able, through those other senses, to pick out which products were the best quality.
The diocesan Christian Formation Commission is presenting “A Tool Box for Christian Educators” Workshop from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at Church of the Transfiguration, 14115 Hillcrest Road, Dallas, 75254.
Get equipped in ways to share the love of Jesus Christ in word and deed. In this half- day workshop, we will explore how to begin conversations about faith, how to journey with people spirituality, and how to share the Gospel and our own faith, how to journey with people spiritually, and how to share the Gospel and our own faith story. You have good news to share.
Bishop's Ball, Ambassador's Awake Workshop, Deacons Meeting and more on the EDOD Calendar.
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