May grace and peace be yours in abundance. In my reading and meditation last week I cam across St. Peter’s first letter to his churches – and through them to The Church. He writes, “May grace and peace be yours in abundance.” (verse 2). This is his prayer of blessing for them: “May grace and peace be yours in abundance.” This led me to pray the same prayer for St. Mary’s, for my friends and
Bearing False Witness Rodney Stark, a prodigious and ground breaking church historian with no deeply held faith, has researched the growth of the early church, the role of friendship groups in affiliation and conversion and much else. Out of the fruit of a lifetime of historical study he has taken aim at the calumnies constantly alleged against the Christian Church, especially the Roman Catholic Church. Have you ever heard that the Christian Church suppressed scholarly
Tandoori and the Quran On our second day in New York we had take out from a new Indian restaurant on Madison Ave, Bawarchi. Lovely Chicken Tikka Masala (the national dish of England), lamb vindaloo (which I didn’t dare touch) and wonderful Muligtawany Soup. (Yes, that is how they spell it.) The restaurant advertised that it was “Halal”, the Islamic equivalent of Kosher. Many “Indian” restaurants are, often serving neither beef nor pork so as
Lord, increase our faith! In last Sunday’s Gospel, the disciples exclaim to Jesus, “Lord, increase our faith.” Most of us have cried that prayer many times. Here are some specific ways to help our faith grow. Pray for it. Practice faith in small things Keep a record, a journal of God’s faithfulness Keep company with faithful people in the church Read scripture daily Receive Holy Communion often As we do these things our faith,
There are two seas in Palestine We are heading home today. Here is a meditation on the seas of the Jordan River that someone shared with us on our Pilgrimage. There are two seas in Palestine. One is fresh, and fish are in it. Splashes of green adorn its banks. Trees spread their branches over it and stretch out their thirsty roots to sip of its healing waters... The Sea of Galilee receives but does not
Jerusalem & Qumran On this our last day we visited the Second Temple Model. This 50:1 scale model, covering nearly one acre, allows us to see how all the pieces fit together and how close everything was. Pilate and his soldiers overlooked the Temple compound. The city gate out to Golgotha was just down the street. Have a look here and get a sense of what we have been experiencing. At the same Israel Museum
Steve's Sunday Video Here is our leader Steve Ray's video of our day in Jerusalem, Sunday, September 25.
Jerusalem Today was the powerful climax of our wonderful pilgrimage. At 5:00 am, the city still quiet and still, we walked the Via Dolorosa, the original Stations of the Cross. We have documented evidence for Christians walking this walk from the fourth century when Christianity was first free to express itself fully in public. The Church in Jerusalem marked the places of Christ’s passion and prayed and worshiped at them. Here is a link from
Steve's Saturday Video Here is our leader Steve Ray's video of our day around Jerusalem, Saturday, September 24.
The Garden of Gethsemane Today we began the journey of Christ’s passion, visiting several churches that mark the steps Christ took from Maundy Thursday through Good Friday. Tomorrow we walk the true Way of the Cross, celebrate the Eucharist at the place where the crucifixion happened and visit the place of his resurrection. Today our most striking visit was to the Mount of Olives where there are trees over 2000 years old. They were there