Spiritual Renewal in Everyday Life

Ash Wednesday Begins the Threshold of Lent

Ash Wednesday literally marks on our forehead the beginning of the spiritual threshold for Lent. As we step into Lent, we hear Jesus say: “And when you fast do not look dismal.” We are not to be sullen, downcast, or gloomy. Good advice for Lent. Of course, if we don’t look dismal then how are

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Saint Brigid and Thresholds

The story of St. Brigid begins early one morning when a young woman walked down the hill to pasture where she would milk the cows. After she had filled two large buckets, she began making her way back home. Trudging up the hill, careful not to spill the milk, she began having pains within her

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Just Trust and Obey

As we continue to live fully into this season of Epiphany, it becomes apparent to all who recognize Jesus as Lord, we are called to follow him. Like with the disciples, it is easy to get distracted and not only second-guess Jesus but there are also times we think maybe there is a better plan,

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Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Feast your eyes on the painting and the calling of Peter and Andrew by the pre-Renaissance Italian artist Duccio. (c. 1255-1260) Several features catch my immediate attention. Look at the hand of Jesus. It is open and inviting. According to the Gospel of Mark, all Jesus says is, “Follow me and I will make you

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Just Give Me Jesus

As part of an Advent program, I invited children forward and told them the Christmas story with the manger. One little boy held-up his hand and said, “hey, you know what?” Pointing to the creche he said, “we have that game. We have that game at our home” Within seconds, all the children echoed, “we

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Advent Enters our Time

Each year, Advent rolls around like clock-work. It begins a new liturgical year. There is more to it. The season opens our hearts and souls. It gets personal but it is not private. Advent is an opportune time when God says, “Behold, I will do a new thing.” (Isaiah 43:19 KJV). Advent is kairos time

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Thanksgiving

We are approaching the Thanksgiving holiday. It is a national holiday but for Christians in America, be assured the day is celebrated not only as a holiday, but a holy-day. What makes Thanksgiving Day holy is not only do we give thanks for the many blessings that have been bestowed upon us, but we are

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What a friend we have in Jesus

You may recall, Jennie Weeks and I will be leading a pilgrimage September 16-26, 2024 to Scotland (Celtic Christianity, II). After an amazing time in Ireland, we will continue reflecting upon the 5th century Christian revival that hopped over from Ireland to the sacred Isle of Iona and St. Columba. Should you want further information,

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My Grandmother’s Final Gift

This time of the year reminds me of my grandmother’s birthday (October 26) and a final gift she left me that I still treasure. Her funeral was over thirty-five years ago in Somerset, Kentucky where she was born and lived all her life. Her funeral was held at the First Christian Church in Somerset and

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Celtic Christianity in Scotland

Led by Jennie Weeks and the Rev. Robin Jennings | September 16-26, 2024 As you can tell by the banner above this is not a typical blog. Rather it is an invitation and if you are interested, I hope you will keep reading. The pilgrimage to Scotland is actually Part II, of a pilgrimage continuing

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Ash Wednesday Begins the Threshold of Lent

Ash Wednesday literally marks on our forehead the beginning of the spiritual threshold for Lent. As we step into Lent, we hear Jesus say: “And when you fast do not look dismal.” We are not to be sullen, downcast, or gloomy. Good advice for Lent. Of course, if we don’t look dismal then how are

Read More »

Saint Brigid and Thresholds

The story of St. Brigid begins early one morning when a young woman walked down the hill to pasture where she would milk the cows. After she had filled two large buckets, she began making her way back home. Trudging up the hill, careful not to spill the milk, she began having pains within her

Read More »

Just Trust and Obey

As we continue to live fully into this season of Epiphany, it becomes apparent to all who recognize Jesus as Lord, we are called to follow him. Like with the disciples, it is easy to get distracted and not only second-guess Jesus but there are also times we think maybe there is a better plan,

Read More »

Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Feast your eyes on the painting and the calling of Peter and Andrew by the pre-Renaissance Italian artist Duccio. (c. 1255-1260) Several features catch my immediate attention. Look at the hand of Jesus. It is open and inviting. According to the Gospel of Mark, all Jesus says is, “Follow me and I will make you

Read More »

Just Give Me Jesus

As part of an Advent program, I invited children forward and told them the Christmas story with the manger. One little boy held-up his hand and said, “hey, you know what?” Pointing to the creche he said, “we have that game. We have that game at our home” Within seconds, all the children echoed, “we

Read More »

Advent Enters our Time

Each year, Advent rolls around like clock-work. It begins a new liturgical year. There is more to it. The season opens our hearts and souls. It gets personal but it is not private. Advent is an opportune time when God says, “Behold, I will do a new thing.” (Isaiah 43:19 KJV). Advent is kairos time

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