The Church: Institution or Movement?

June 8, 2015 Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, A week ago I had lunch with an old friend, John Harrington. John is the pastor of Morrison Methodist Church, in Leesburg, Florida. When I was rector of St. James Church in Leesburg, John and I made it a point to connect…

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Method of the Message

June 1, 2015 Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, In the latter half of the 1700’s John Wesley preached in the fields of England. As a result, many uneducated industrial workers embraced Christianity. A question arose among the leaders: “The people have embraced the faith. Now what do we do?” The…

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Honoring Memorial Day

May 25, 2015 Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, As we honor those who have died defending our nation, it is time to recognize that the role of our military in American life has changed. This began with the end of the draft during the Nixon administration. Prior to that time…

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Success and Failure

May 18, 2015 Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, This month the famous biographer of Truman and John Adams, David McCullough, published a biography of the Wright Brothers. I have read earlier biographies of the Wrights and wondered if this book would be a re-plowing of old ground. Instead I found…

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What is Communication?

May 11, 2015 Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, What exactly is communication? It is when one person conveys an idea, and others receive it as the originator intended. Feedback is then provided that again transfers concepts back to the originator. In grade school I can remember a game called gossip.…

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Love Casts Out Fear

May 4, 2015 Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, Yesterday’s Epistle from 1 John 4:7-21 speaks of how love casts out fear. We live in an age in which we are plagued by fearful messages that claim you must protect yourself. Here are a few minor ones: 1. In buying a…

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