Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Monday, December 24, 2012
|Linda Worthiemer (of NPR) shared her mother's |
recipe for Lemon fruitcake.
In ancient Egypt the fruitcake was considered an essential food in the afterlife. The oldest fruitcake dates back to Roman times. In the Middle Ages they branched out and added honey, spices, nuts and preserved fruits.
In his letter to a friend, the great American preacher, Philips Brooks (Episcopalian, rector of Holy Trinity, Boston, and author of “O Little Town of Bethlehem”) wrote:
God is seeking us and giving himself to us…that is love, not that we loved him but that he loved us…There is such a thing as putting ourselves in the way of God’s overflowing love and letting it break upon us till the response of love to him comes, not by struggle, not by deliberation, but by necessity, as the echo comes when the sound strikes the rock.[iv]
Thursday, December 20, 2012
This is the last week of our Bonhoeffer Book Study on the Christmas Sermons. What a delight it has been. I have enjoyed doing them and enjoyed our conversation! Blessings for a wonderful conclusion to your Advent and a joyous Christmastide!
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Friday, December 14, 2012
The waters of Babylon
We lay down and wept
And wept for, thee Zion
We remember, thee remember
Thee remember, thee Zion
By the waters
The waters of Babylon
We lay down and wept
And wept for thee Zion
This morning's news of the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut has taken us all by surprise. We have awakened in the midst of our preparations for the Holiday into a nightmare that reminds us of our vulnerability, and the vulnerability of our children.
I am aware of our own families here in Texas who dropped their children off today and will embrace them this afternoon. The Episcopal Diocese of Texas has clergy and lay pastors in congregations all over the diocese who are ready to help all of those who feel in need of conversation and prayer in the wake of this disaster.
I have reprinted below resources for talking with children and the statement from our Episcopal brothers and sisters in Connecticut and invite your prayers for them as well. Let us weep together. Let us mourn the lost. Let us pledge to work towards the loving kingdom of God that Christ Jesus envisions. And, let us hope for our future and the future of the Sandy Hook community.
C. Andrew Doyle
ResourcesThis is a comprehensive list of excellent resources compiled by Sharon Pearson and leading Christian educators for those of us needing guidance after Friday's tragic and senseless shooting. Most importantly, turn off the TV.
- Tips for Talking to Children about the School Shooting (from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)
- Dealing with Grief – What to Say and What NOT to say (from the Huffington Post)
- Helping Children Cope with Traumatic Events
- And Mr. Rogers lives on with his wise words. (The Fred Rogers Company)
- Tips for Parents to help their children and youth cope in times of tragedy (from Episcopal Relief & Development)
- Books about Grief and Loss
- Ministering in a Torn World (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) – compiled after 9/11 for Christian Educators
- Tragedy: Prayers, Guidelines and Resources (from the Episcopal Church)
- Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers (from the National Association of School Psychologists)
- Violence on Campus: Helping Your Kids Cope with Tragedy
Statement from Diocese of Connecticut on Sandy Hook Shooting
Faithfully, Ian, Laura and Jim
The Rt. Rev. Laura J. Ahrens
The Rt. Rev. James E. Curry
Thursday, December 13, 2012
This week we have the third installment of our 2012 Advent Book Study on Bonhoeffer's Christmas sermons. You can read along and listen to all three reflections. The fourth and final reflection will be posted prior to the 4th Sunday in Advent.
Sermon preached on Advent 2 regarding John the Baptist in Luke's Gospel, Trinity Episcopal Church Marble Falls, and Epiphany Episcopal Church Burnet Texas.
Friday, December 7, 2012
This podcast covers the second section of reading material from Bonhoeffer's Christmas Sermons.
A number of individuals had conversations following the first Advent Book Study podcast about the death of Moses. I thought you might enjoy this little diversion from the reading of Bonhoeffer. I hope you enjoy.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
- "Christianity is not a theory or speculation, but a life; not a philosophy of life, but a life and a living process." Samuel Taylor Coleridge
- "Most people are willing to take the Sermon on the Mount as a flag to sail under, but few will use it as a rudder by which to steer." Oliver Wendell Holmes
- "Perfection, in a Christian sense, means becoming mature enough to give ourselves to others." Kathleen Norris
- "Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can." John Wesley
- "The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried." G. K. Chesterton
- "One of our great allies at present is the Church itself. Do not misunderstand me. I do not mean the Church as we see her spread out through all time and space and rooted in eternity, terrible as an army with banners. That, I confess, is a spectacle which makes our boldest tempters uneasy. But fortunately it is quite invisible to these humans." C. S. Lewis
- "When we say, 'I love Jesus, but I hate the Church,' we end up losing not only the Church but Jesus too. The challenge is to forgive the Church. This challenge is especially great because the church seldom asks us for forgiveness." Henri Nouwen, Bread for the Journey
- "Christians are hard to tolerate; I don't know how Jesus does it." Bono
- "It's too easy to get caught in our little church subcultures, and the result is that the only younger people we might know are Christians who are already inside the church." Dan Kimball