What do we mean when we say, “He descended to the dead”?

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In a bit of a jab at my bishop and my diocesan communications director, who assigned an impossibly obtuse phrase of our Apostles Creed, I have composed on the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas blog a post which uses The Princess Bride and Monty Python and the Holy Grail as its primary texts to explicate this affirmation.  find it HERE

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Merry Christmas!

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A meditation I wrote for today sent out via the Living Church Daily Devotional: CLICK HERE.

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restless hearts

Gran_Hotel“I wondered if part of the reason this oft-repeated story line is so compelling to people the world over is that it’s the story of each one of us. We are all caught in desire for something we can’t quite grasp.” read more HERE.

Over on the Covenant Blog today, I write about my tela novella addiction.

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what to say about the Charleston martyrs

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three sermons that are worth chewing on this week:

“That your Gospel is more powerful than our hate, more powerful than our despair, more powerful than our pride, and more powerful than our delusions, we give you thanks O God.”  Confession (1)

In the face of Emmanuel AME Church, Naming Goliath (2)

“Last week in Charleston, however, was different. To be sure, it’s important not to romanticize or idealize the black church, or any church. All Christian groups are riven by Sin just like all other groups. But the black churches have suffered so extremely, and so unjustly, for so long, that they have achieved a maturity that seems almost superhuman.” “What’s in those lamps?” (3)