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Today's gospel lesson is one that many of us know in one form or another. This story of temptation in the wilderness is the middle of a three-part series of events that sets up Jesus's public ministry. These events ultimately led to Jesus answering his call and fulfilling his mission. We may be tempted to skip over this series of events and get to the ministry because we have inherited an understanding of Jesus, a theology of Jesus that has been developed over hundreds and hundreds of years, and so we know what happens, and we want to get to the point. But this series is incredibly important to all of us because this sequence of events shaped Jesus as a person. Jesus was called by the Spirit in baptism, tempted away from God in the wilderness, and finally chose to remain faithful to his mission and ministry. This series of steps can give us all a glimpse into how we, too, can answer the call God puts inside each one of us.Read full transcript...
On this special program celebrating 70 years of faithful weekly broadcasts, the Rev. Dr. Louis C. Schueddig and host Peter Wallace review the history and impact of The Protestant Hour and present excerpts from some of its most influential preachers.
Tibetan Buddhists have a series of spiritual exercises that are seen as foundational to their spiritual practice: a sort of 'spiritual boot camp.' They are called ngöndro or in English, 'preliminary practices.'
I found myself musing about the experience of aging. Here are some provisional conclusions I’ve drawn that might be helpful in doing what we all do, if we are lucky enough to check another birthday off the calendar...
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.
Almost every week for thirty-four of my thirty-five years of pastoral ministry, I've blessed the congregations I've served with a benediction based on this passage from Paul's Letter to the Romans (in turn based on his First Letter to the Thessalonians)...
Are you feeling overwhelmed? Ministry is hard work, but there are ways to make it easier. Here are nine ideas to make your ministry (a little) simpler.
In this blog series, we're exploring 20th century liturgical movements to understand how our recent past effects our modern worship practices.
Jesuit paleontologist Teilhard de Chardin once observed that 'humanity is being taken to the place where it will have to choose between suicide and adoration.' If the scientists behind the Doomsday Clock which measures the likelihood of a global cataclysm are correct, then we had best start adoring!
If you watch a time lapse video of a sunflower, you can watch months of growth in just a few moments. It's beautiful and poignant, to see the tiny seeds take shape, in fast forward.
'The season of Lent is upon us,' Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry says in his Message for Lent 2016. 'It is a season of making a renewed commitment to participate and be a part of the movement of Jesus in this world.'
After publishing many very popular, longer-format inspirational books, James Martin is publishing a short, small volume for Lent 2016: Seven Last Words—An Invitation to a Deeper Friendship with Jesus.