From True Lent to True Vindication

  “He told this next parable against those who trusted in their own righteous standing and despised others.  “Two men,” he said. “went up to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee; the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed in this way to himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am…

Level Ground Dust

  2011, Lent. Last night I received the external mark of penitence with the imposition of ashes: the sign of the cross placed on my forehead. I was reminded:  “Dust you are and to dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:19).   After the imposition of the ashes our congregation knelt and we confessed sin.  The rector…

Vocation, Vocation, Vocation

  op·por·tu·ni·ty cost NOUN economics “Opportunity cost refers to a benefit that a person could have received, but gave up, to take another course of action. Stated differently, an opportunity cost represents an alternative given up when a decision is made. This cost is, therefore, most relevant for two mutually exclusive events. In investing, it…

The Image Locker

  “But the Israelites were unfaithful in regard to the devoted things; Achan son of Karmi, the son of Zimri, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took some of them. So the Lord’s anger burned against Israel. – Joshua 7: 1 (“devoted things” – The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving…