Articles from May 2012
Today I’m not going to challenge you to do Big Things. Instead I’m going to challenge you to do small things. Yes, small things! I’m taking my cue from chapter four of the Gospel of Mark, where Jesus relates three kingdom parables that are all about seeds: The parable of the sower of seed and the soils, the parable of the farmer and the growing seed in the field, and the parable of the Mustard Seed.
The ACNA Provincial Assembly is June 6-9, 2012 in Ridgecrest, North Carolina. During the week of the Provincial Assembly, the Archbishop's Cabinet and Executive Committee will meet on June 4, followed by the College of Bishops on June 5. The Provincial Assembly then kicks off the following day on Wednesday, June 6.
Earlier this spring, The Church of the Holy Spirit (CHS) sponsored its third annual mission team to Haiti. Eight missionaries representing three denominational (Anglican, Baptist, and Methodist) churches went to the Lacroix New Testament Mission in Lacroix, Haiti. The Lacroix New Testament Mission feeds and educates over 3,500 children each day in seven locations. In addition to the schools and churches the ministry also has two medical and one mobile clinic staffed by doctors, a dentist, and it also has birthing center.
The Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic continues to grow and expand. At their May meeting, the Standing Committee voted to accept the applications of both Christ Church Vienna and Church of the Good Shepherd Lynchburg to join the diocese.
Twenty years after the return of the Jews into Judah after the Babylonian Exile, discouragement had set in. The great rejoicing at their homecoming - the hopes of establishing the temple and worship and reclaiming the promised land had all stalled. Instead only the foundation had been laid and the Jews faced strong opposition.
You may have noticed that we've been running "Save the Date" announcements for the ACNA Provincial Assembly coming up June 6-9, 2012 in Ridgecrest, North Carolina. During the week of the Provincial Assembly, the Archbishop's Cabinet and Executive Committee will meet on June 4, followed by the College of Bishops on June 5. The Provincial Assembly then kicks off the following day on Wednesday, June 6.
Now that most of the defendant congregations have reached settlement with the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, it seems like a good time to sit back and reflect on what has happened, what it all means, and how we can move forward.
What would cause over 600 people to show up early Easter Sunday morning at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan? Could it be that they wanted to enjoy a special Sunrise Service and celebrate that they are followers of Jesus Christ? Or could it be that they wanted to run a special race that honored their faith in Jesus? Or finally, could it be that they wanted to get a fabulous race tee shirt and proudly show their friends? Well, I think the answer is “yes” to all of this.
One of the things Jesus had a outstanding ability to define spiritual truth in terms of the activities people were already engaged in. He didn’t teach like the scribes and the Pharisees (precepts, propositions and concepts about God and how to live). He taught in word pictures and stories that reflected the every day life experiences of the people who listened to Him, particularly the poor. The basis of the Scripture never changed, He quoted it accurately, but was able to translate the fullest meaning into the lives of His hearers.