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A few summers ago, in Wind River mountains, I found myself scrubbing dishes with Barbara Brown Taylor, the writer and Episcopal priest, one of the top preachers in America. We happened to be assigned to the same crew for chores at Ring Lake, a sort of clergy dude ranch in Wyoming. My mother, also a...
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I am becoming more and more convinced that our particular American understanding of evangelism, an evangelism that is all about the growth of a congregation, the “winning over converts” to our particular brand of faith, filling the pews and the church coffers, it isn’t what Jesus had in mind for his good news.
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Mike Angell by Mike Angell - 2w ago

The past two Sundays our priest Associate, and our seminarian have begun their sermons by making fun Of me for assigning them to preach. The Pentecost, fire from on high. The Trinity, a difficult doctrine. Well, there’s some truth to their claims. It’s good to be rector. I did very much enjoy having some time...
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Mike Angell by Mike Angell - 1M ago

What if we trusted God had been lifted up, and that the work of God was to continue to lift up the voices of those who suffer, those who have much to teach? Perhaps then we might be able to better answer the question, “where is God?”
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Mike Angell by Mike Angell - 2M ago

Jesus wants to focus his followers longing. He wants to give them peace, but for their sake, for honesty’s sake, he must redefine the term. He must re-orient them, give them new direction. Jesus does not give peace as the world gives peace.
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Mike Angell by Mike Angell - 2M ago

For eight years I have entirely avoided the topic of abortion in the pulpit. But this week, in our state, the theological got political, and it got dangerous. This week I worried that my silence on the issue is complicit.
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Mike Angell by Mike Angell - 2M ago

Today we give thanks for a woman of valor. We give thanks for Rachel Held Evans, for her courage, for her witness, for her laughter. Today we give thanks for all who have mothered and midwifed our faith.
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Mike makes a case for god parenting as a practice in faith, with help from Harry Potter.
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Whatever brought you to Holy Communion this morning, we are glad that you are here. Some of you are here because your parents made you come. That’s a good thing. It’s good to build up good will with your folks. You might need it later. Some of you are here because you heard we’re doing...
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We will know the power of Christ’s reconciling love, the power of Christ’s outstretched arms, when we know that Jesus’ saving embrace saves us by identifying with those who suffer. The Rector preaches about lynching, victims, impunity, and James Cone.

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