Category Archives: Spirituality

Advent Quotes for Reflection on the Nativity of Jesus Christ

I always seek to place a “reflections” in the bulletin. I believe that for most people the Church, and in particular the liturgy of the Church, is the primary way that the sacred words and the familiar words and the … Continue reading

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On Spiritual Gifts in the Church Today (1 Cor. 12)

I heard that the librarian of one of the greatest libraries in the world remarked: “We’re drowning in information and starving for knowledge.” I have come to learn in my life that it is not that I need more information, … Continue reading

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An Encouraging New Album from Eric Parker

I want to begin with a disclaimer. Eric Parker was one of my parishioners at my last pastoral post, and is the owner of Music for Missions, which has provided a record label for my own musical offerings for two … Continue reading

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A Thanksgiving Thought

One of my favorite preachers is the 19th century Scottish preacher-boy, Robert Murray M’Cheyne, who ministered at St. Peter’s, Dundee. M’Cheyne once wrote: “Unfathomable oceans of grace are in Christ for you. Dive and dive again, you will  never come … Continue reading

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Wall Street, Von Balthasar and Homecoming Dinner: Three Streams Converge”

  Three streams of thought are converging in my mind this morning. There is one stream that is swallowing up the others and forming a grand river of hope. In these days we need hope.  One stream is the current … Continue reading

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An Old Guitar, an Unexpected Moment, and Suddenly: “He’s in Control”

I spoke at a church named Sovereign Grace Presbyterian Church this morning, here in Charlotte. As I prepared to speak, I spotted a six string acoustic Taylor sitting behind the lectern. The name of the church, Sovereign Grace, and the … Continue reading

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Nothing Can Save Us That is Possible

I am reading W.H. Auden’s Collected Longer Poems while on vacation. Throught the oncoming heaviness of sleep last night, as I lay reading, seeking the soothing medicinal dust of my summer reading pile, I came across this, which did indeed soothe … Continue reading

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