The idols we serve

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I am becoming increasingly convinced that idol worship is a much bigger problem than we imagine. And it is not only a problem somewhere out there among the pagans. It is very close to home. … Read More

An Effective Eucharist

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I was recently asked by a colleague from a non-liturgical church background about our weekly celebration of the Eucharist at Christ Church. He asked me if our service tended to be more somber or more … Read More

Ascension Joy

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Tomorrow (which is forty days after Easter) we celebrate Ascension Day (Himmelfahrt). On the fortieth day after His Resurrection, while speaking to the disciples about the kingdom of God, Jesus ascended and was hidden from … Read More

A few strings of days

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In the middle of this string of long, beautiful, warm and sunny days in Berlin, it is sometimes hard to imagine the short, dark days of Berlin winter. I’m sure, however, that it won’t be … Read More

fasting experiences

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Last night at our small group meeting, we shared our respective experiences in fasting this week. Some of the descriptors of this week’s experience: weakness, distraction, lack of focus in prayer, bad mood, temptation . … Read More

Fasting during Lent

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Our Thursday home group has been discussing the spiritual discipline of fasting in recent weeks. We have decided as a group to fast together on Wednesdays (or Thursdays, if work prohibits on Wednesdays) during the … Read More