What I mean when I say “Gospel of Love”

Note: The substance of this post first appeared in November of 2015. Reading it today, the words seem exactly right for this week's emphasis on "Mercy" and "Love." Enjoy, and please think about sharing DEREK For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in …

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Understanding “The Gospel of Love”

For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love. - 1 Corinthians 13:12-13“For this is how …

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what is truth?

Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” “But we are descendants of Abraham,” they said. “We have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean, ‘You will be set …

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The Power and the Glory – a kingdom not shaken

Pursue peace with everyone, and the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springs up and causes trouble, and through it many become defiled... Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, …

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many (many, many, many…) parts; one body!

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. (1 Corinthians 12:4-5) This past Friday a couple of our new friends gave us their "nickel tour" …

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Member or disciple? Your answer determines if your church lives… or expires

riday evening I enjoyed the privilege of spending a few hours with around 40 men from Holy Innocents Episcopal Church here in Valrico. We enjoyed some great conversation, some really good barbecue, gathered for "the program," and then hung around talking for another half hour at the end. The program was me. The rector, Father …

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God has not been expelled from school!

(Note: The views expressed in this blog are entirely my own. They are fluid, subject to change over time, and quite possibly entirely wrong. I tend to disagree with myself on a regular basis. However, at this time of writing, I suspect that I am right. Feel free to build on my opinion, disregard it, …

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