Communication (Page 11)

Communication (Page 11)

Strive Never to be Reluctant

February 26, 2013 St. John Calpha was born in Constantinople. An architect and carpenter by profession, he offended the Turks by his wholehearted confession of the Christian faith. When the Turks tried to force him to become a Muslim. John stood his ground. “I shall never deny my sweet Jesus Christ,” he said heroically; “I believe in Him, serve Him and confess Him.” After…

Confess, Repent, Accept Mercy

The season of Epiphany is drawing to a close and Shrove Tuesday (a.k.a. “Fat Tuesday”, or, “Mardi Gras”) will soon be upon us. On that day we’ll have the traditional pancake supper in the parish hall, and then at 7:00 am on Ash Wednesday we begin observing the Lenten season with a special liturgy and the imposition of ashes. The season of Lent calls us to look deeply at…

The Feast of the Epiphany

We’ve never quite figured out who these Wise Men really were, nor do we actually know the number of them. All we can say is that Scripture refers to them in the plural. Legends give us three names: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar (the number three no doubt based on the number of gifts mentioned). Sentimental extra-biblical details appears in the novel and movie Ben-Hur,…

Jesus’ Lineage

At the very beginning of Matthew’s Gospel we find what the NRSV calls “the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah.” Matthew wants to remind us that Jesus had a significant birth-line through Joseph, the husband of his mother. Because it may seem to us simply a list of names, we often ignore it; but in these names – some familiar, some obscure – we see people whose role in the…

As Jesus ministers, so he wants us to minister

After asking Peter three times, “Do you love me?” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs, look after my sheep, feed my sheep.” Having been assured of Peter’s love, Jesus gives him the task of ministry. We might understand this “sending out” in a very individualistic way, as if Peter was being sent on a heroic…

This Sunday…

…our Adult Christian Formation class continues its study of Pope Benedict’s Jesus of Nazareth. Holy Week: From the Entrance Into Jerusalem To The Resurrection. This coming Sunday, May 29th, we will be discussing chapter 6, “Gethsemane”. Please join what has become a really vigorous discussion of this wonderfully rich text. You don’t have to…

Adult Ed Opportunities This Lent

1) On Wednesday evenings, Dr Steven Reid, Professor of Christian Scripture at Truett Seminary, will speak on this year’s Lenten theme, 1 John 5:3-4: “Obey His Commandments.”  See Carol Reagan’s announcement about Religious Education for more details. 2) On Sunday mornings during Lent, Dr Peter Candler, Holy Spirit parishioner and Associate Professor of Theology at Baylor,…

Reimagining Adult Christian Education

Welcome to the new online site of Adult Education at Holy Spirit. We are currently in the process of thoroughly re-envisioning what Adult Ed looks like at our parish.  This Lenten season, we will be developing a completely new program of educational opportunities and a new curriculum of formation for the next several years. Why should I care?  Because…