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Saint(s) Alive!

In last week’s e-Pistle and in Sunday’s sermon, one of three claims I made about God is that “God is not rational.” Rather, I’m claiming, God is ir-rational, in the sense that God does not color inside the lines we try to draw for him -- lines of reason, logic, and what's practical or possible. And God is ir-rational in the sense that God does not ration or hold back. God is far more generous (in grace), extravagant (in welcome), and abundant (in love) than we can ever get our heads around. Today, in anticipation of St. James’ Day on Sunday, I want to spell out one implication of this claim about God. In one of the prayers in The Book of Common Prayer we pray: “Almighty God, by your Holy Spirit you have made us one with your saints in heaven and on earth: Grant that in our earthly pilgrimage we may always be supported by this fellowship of love and prayer .” People we refer to as “saints” are not just good examples. Saints are not just models of faith who are supposed to in

How to find a church

So a parishioner moved to a different city and wrote to ask me which of two Episcopal churches nearby I would recommend he attend. I thought my reply is general enough that it would help others, and since this is a pretty big question for those who are asking it, I thought I'd post my reply here. Dear ____________, It's hard to say – the only way to know for sure which one is right for you is to investigate. First take a look at the websites (I included links to the church's websites here). Browse around, read anything and everything, especially old newsletters and recent sermons. As you read, pay attention to your feelings: See if you are turned off, or attracted to, what you are reading, its tone and substance. Then (assuming you are not turned off) go visit. Visit at least two times at different services on different Sundays. Be open minded and give the church and people the benefit of the doubt, but trust your feelings/gut instincts/initial reactions. Most imp