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BISHOP’S BLOG2018-12-19T21:05:13-07:00

Stir Up Our Hearts, O Lord, and Come!

Second Sunday in Advent 2018

The voice of John the Baptist crying out in the wilderness “Prepare the Way of the Lord!” is so familiar to long time people of faith that we sometimes think John is foretelling Christmas.

He is not.

John is a voice from the margins, somebody from the outside of power speaking to core abuses. He fulfills prophecy because God’s chosen generally find themselves in this position – that is, speaking from the outside in. The “coming” John proclaims is the adult Jesus, sent to usher in a new age. Today it […]

By |December 9th, 2018|

Giving Thanks for Former President George H.W. Bush

Former president George H.W. Bush passed away this last Friday, November 30. He was 94 years old. Former president Bush served as Vice-President of the country under Ronald Reagan from 1981-1989. He then served as our President from 1989-1993. Most, including me, remember him as a humble, compassionate and caring leader. We have lost a man of good character who gave much to this country. So, we are thankful as we honor him this week.

December 5, 2018 has been designated as a national day of mourning. Please remember all he gave in […]

By |December 4th, 2018|

Stir Up Your Power, O Lord, and Come!


First Sunday in Advent 2018

Advent is a season of hope and expectation. The word “advent” means “coming” or appearance. During this gentle, quiet season which precedes Christmas we consider the ways God comes to us – in all times and various ways.

Oh, did I say “gentle, quiet” season? I know that is not our reality, but once upon a time Advent was quiet. No Christmas trees, no shopping, no carolers, no cookies. Those were all held back until the “Twelve Days of Christmas” – Christmas Day through January 5.

By |December 2nd, 2018|

Thanksgiving

So much to be thankful for!

There are lots of things I don’t like in life. Lots of things that bother or bug me. But really, I am so fortunate. Perhaps you are, too.

I have a beautiful home. Many people don’t. I am amazingly healthy, and at 63 I need not to take that for granted. My wife Gretchen is an amazing life partner. My kids are all great, and now we have three grandchildren. I get to feast this Thanksgiving with one of them.

My home church is joyful and engaging. […]

By |November 22nd, 2018|