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The Long-Expected Call

On the Road to Emmaus My call story is different from most people’s. I like to say that while many Christians and pastors have “Damascus road” experiences–while on the road to the wrong place with wrong intentions, suddenly experiencing the power of the risen Christ in blinding light and booming voice–my journey of faith & […]

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Saying More Than One Thing

I was a senior at Rice University, and as I loved my Religious Studies major and had shown a bit of aptitude for it, I and a few other undergrads were invited to participate in a graduate survey/seminar on Biblical Studies with Matthias Henze and Werner Kelber. So with less than 10 students in the […]

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Word…for the week of January 7, 2006

The Baptism of the Lord Isaiah 43:1-7; Psalm 29; Acts 8:14-17; Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 Isaiah’s prophesy forms the basis for a beautiful American hymn, “How Firm A Foundation.” The first time I encountered this hymn was when it was embedded in a choral version of Amy Grant’s “Thy Word” that my youth choir was singing. […]

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For he is holy that has magnified me

This evening, Christie and I went to Lincoln Cathedral for choral evensong. The evening prayer office features the choir singing the Magnificat. This song or canticle, from Luke 1:46-55, is a powerful song of faith sung by Mary as she meditates on the news that she is to be the mother of the Christ. As […]

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