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Increase Our Faith: The Gift Already Within You! A Sermon At Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Orlando, FL.

Have you ever cried out, Lord, Increase my faith? WHAT AM I ASKING FOR? Faith is confidence grounded in reality, not a wild, desperate leap. Jesus agrees we need faith. However he does not support our assumption that a greater quantity of faith will help us. The disciples do not need more faith. They need to be reminded about what faith is and assured they have all they need to do what Jesus has enjoined them to do. It only takes the size of a mustard seed. Maybe the mistake the disciples make isn’t so much in asking for more faith, but in thinking they don’t have enough, in thinking God’s gift to them was somehow insufficient. Jesus is saying to them and to us: Faith. It’s Already Within You. Engage it! In this sermon I focus on two ways our faith can be engaged: 1. God Confidence and 2. Personal Agency. In short, the biblical meaning of faith is confidence in God, or as we say, “God-confidence.” Basic to everything here is the idea that Christian belief is really about knowing who and what to trust. In Christ, what you can rely on are his person, his life, death and Resurrection, and the available resources of God and God’s Kingdom. With deepest gratitude to Fr. David Bumstead, Rector of Emmanuel. With you on the Journey, my dear friends, Rob+

15 MIN1 weeks ago
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Increase Our Faith: The Gift Already Within You! A Sermon At Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Orlando, FL.

The Gift of Years: Pilgrimage Into The Last Third

I am not an expert, but I am in the heart of this stage of life. How do we live to our fullest potential in the last third of life? With careers winding down, and children having long ago left home, we are faced sometimes for the first time in our ever-productive lives with the most basic questions. What is most important? What is the essence of my life? Who am I becoming? This podcast episode is a reflection about living into the last third of life. Baby boomers are retiring at an average of 10,000 per day; over the next 20 years, an estimated 70 million boomers will stop working. Those over age 65 are the fastest-growing age demographic in the United States. The Gift of Years can be a Pilgrimage. I have been inspired to see this stage of life as a Pilgrimage. If we re-envision aging as a pilgrimage and ourselves as pilgrims, it can imply a life of meaningful intent and spiritual intensity, a far more vital way of looking at the experience of the Last Third of life. How do we becom...

12 MIN3 weeks ago
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The Gift of Years: Pilgrimage Into The Last Third

For The Feast of Saint Aidan-August 31st Practicing The Presence Of God In Daily Life

What can we do to have the manifest presence of God in our lives? What can we do to be sure that we really are living before the shining face of God? St. Aidan of Lindisfarne was one example of the Celtic Christian Tradition for whom God the Trinity invites us to live in two landscapes: the visible and the invisible, the seen and the unseen, the domain of the physical and the spiritual. We can practice and know the manifest presence of God in every moment of daily life. Aidan’s life work began at Iona. During his exile, King Oswald of Northumbria, had lived at Columba’s monastery of Iona where he had been converted and baptized. He sent to Iona, rather than to Canterbury, for missionaries. The head of the new mission was a gentle monk named Aidan, who centered his work at Lindisfarne, an island off the northeast coast of England. With his fellow monks and the English youth whom he trained, Aidan restored Christianity in Northumbria. They counted on the manifest presence of God: Fa...

11 MINAUG 30
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For The Feast of Saint Aidan-August 31st Practicing The Presence Of God In Daily Life

Integrity With Ourselves: What Our Soul Longs For

Almost everyone lives a divided life where we are out of touch with our soul – that life-giving core of the human self, with its hunger for truth and justice, love and forgiveness that has the power to guide our lives. Parker Palmer, Director of the Center for Courage and Renewal, has wisely said: “Congruence between our inner lives and outer actions is what our soul longs for and whenever we live in defiance of this inner voice our life is divided and our spirit suffers under the burden of duplicity.” What our soul yearns for is wholeness and integrity. We need to care for our soul. One of the best ideas about integrity and the soul comes from Dr. Dallas Willard: “Our soul is like an inner stream of water, which gives strength, direction, and harmony to every other element of our life. When that stream is as it should be, we are constantly refreshed and exuberant in all we do, because our soul itself is then profusely rooted in the vastness of God and his kingdom, including nat...

12 MINJUL 29
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Integrity With Ourselves: What Our Soul Longs For

Sermon July 14th – The One Who Showed Compassion

Today was the second of two supply Sundays at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Orlando, on behalf of their well loved and gifted Rector, Fr. David Bumstead+. I find great joy in these opportunities to express my ministry and to support local parishes from time to time. It is deeply meaningful. The Parable of the Good Samaritan is filled with many levels of wisdom and truth for us as those who seek a more flourishing life. In this proclamation of the parable I was drawn to the necessity of becoming the kind of person for whom compassionate involvement with the suffering of others naturally (supernaturally) flows. Of course, loving God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength comes first. Without that, you can’t love your neighbor as yourself. You have to have the resources, the insight to do that, and that comes from our love of God and our devotion of every aspect of our being to the work God is doing in our world. This Parable of Jesus reveals our need for ongoing renovation of the ...

14 MINJUL 15
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Sermon July 14th – The One Who Showed Compassion

Sermon July 7: The Reign of God Has Come Near To You

It was an honor to preach at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Orlando today for Fr. David Bumstead, their wonderful Rector and my friend. My theme for the sermon was taken from The Gospel lesson for Proper 9, on the 4th Sunday after Pentecost, Luke 10: 1-11, 16-20. ….cure the sick who are there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ We’re talking about a partnership where God’s grace and your well-directed efforts by grace collide to live in the Kingdom now. It is all about Aliveness. Above all, it is about waking up to the always available Presence of the crucified and risen Christ, alive and at large throughout the world, Who invites us to be his followers wherever we are. P.S. Music theme in closing: Fanfare for King of Glory. RCL+ So grateful to Fr. Bumstead for this opportunity. With you on the Journey, Rob+

13 MINJUL 8
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Sermon July 7: The Reign of God Has Come Near To You

Flourishing: Choosing Integrity

“By choosing integrity, I become more whole, but wholeness does not mean perfection. It means becoming more real by acknowledging the whole of who I am.” – Parker Palmer Living with integrity, whether you are in your twenties or seventies, is no minor or insignificant task. We have to be honest with ourselves about the difficulty of living in our own identities and integrity. I have benefited greatly from the work of Pete and Geri Scazzero over the years and their work on Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. In many ways it is about living with greater integrity, moving from our false divided self to our true and wholehearted self. Integrity largely has to do with purifying our intentions and being honest about our motives. It is hard work. Most often we don’t pay attention to that inner task until we have had some kind of fall or failure in our outer tasks. Pete has identified the following four critical areas of choosing and living with integrity: Integrity with God Integrity wit...

14 MINMAY 25
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Flourishing: Choosing Integrity

An Encounter With The Risen Lord: God Confidence

I enjoyed being supply priest for Fr. Tom Phillips this past Sunday, 2nd Sunday of Easter, at Church of the Incarnation, located at Canterbury Retreat Center, the Diocese of Central Fl. Tom has a strong commitment to preaching and teaching, and this engaging faith community definitely engages and animates the preaching task! Had fun with this one. Hope you will listen, and that you find a word from the Risen Lord!With you on the Journey of Flourishing Life in Christ,Rob+

16 MINMAY 2
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An Encounter With The Risen Lord: God Confidence

“We Have Heard The Fact, Let Us Seek The Mystery”

I had the gift of preaching yesterday at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Orlando on behalf of their fine Rector, Fr. David Bumsted+. Deeply grateful for his ministry. The Parable of the Prodigal Sons, also called The Parable of the Father’s Love, offers tantalizing opportunities to connect the parable to our daily lives, to our families, and to our experience of God. The challenge of this parable is to keep listening, to listen to it again, and to be open to the possibility it may say something new to us. Stepping into a parable — even a much-beloved parable — is like stepping into a river; you cannot step into the same river twice, as Heraclitus of Ephesus reminds us. One of the hardest things we face in life and the spiritual journey is to stop being the prodigal son without turning into the elder brother. It Is a challenge we all must face. The Good News Jesus reveals in the parable centers on the extravagant love of a father who culturally humiliates himself to show mercy to bot...

15 MINAPR 1
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“We Have Heard The Fact, Let Us Seek The Mystery”

Ash Wednesday Meditation: We Are Beloved Dust And Spirit

Remember: “You Are Dust and To Dust You Shall Return” Genesis 3:19 Keep death before your eyes – Saint Benedict, The Rules: Chapter 4:47 On the first day of Lent, Ash Wednesday, we are invited to have our foreheads crossed with ashes as a reminder that we are creatures of dust. We are fragile, fallible, fallen human beings. Therefore, from the moment we emerge from our mother’s womb, we begin the process of dying. The finality of death is meant to challenge us to decision, the decision to be fully present here now, following Jesus, and so beginning eternal life. For eternity rightly understood is not the perpetuation of time, on and on. In contrast, eternity is the overcoming of time by the now that does not pass away. Eternity is in session. As Trevor Hudson writes: “We are God’s beloved, and nothing—not even death—can separate us from God’s love through Jesus Christ. Our dust is charged with God’s own life-sustaining and death-defeating breath. We are beloved dust.” I i...

8 MINMAR 6
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Ash Wednesday Meditation: We Are Beloved Dust And Spirit
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Latest Episodes

Increase Our Faith: The Gift Already Within You! A Sermon At Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Orlando, FL.

Have you ever cried out, Lord, Increase my faith? WHAT AM I ASKING FOR? Faith is confidence grounded in reality, not a wild, desperate leap. Jesus agrees we need faith. However he does not support our assumption that a greater quantity of faith will help us. The disciples do not need more faith. They need to be reminded about what faith is and assured they have all they need to do what Jesus has enjoined them to do. It only takes the size of a mustard seed. Maybe the mistake the disciples make isn’t so much in asking for more faith, but in thinking they don’t have enough, in thinking God’s gift to them was somehow insufficient. Jesus is saying to them and to us: Faith. It’s Already Within You. Engage it! In this sermon I focus on two ways our faith can be engaged: 1. God Confidence and 2. Personal Agency. In short, the biblical meaning of faith is confidence in God, or as we say, “God-confidence.” Basic to everything here is the idea that Christian belief is really about knowing who and what to trust. In Christ, what you can rely on are his person, his life, death and Resurrection, and the available resources of God and God’s Kingdom. With deepest gratitude to Fr. David Bumstead, Rector of Emmanuel. With you on the Journey, my dear friends, Rob+

15 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
Increase Our Faith: The Gift Already Within You! A Sermon At Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Orlando, FL.

The Gift of Years: Pilgrimage Into The Last Third

I am not an expert, but I am in the heart of this stage of life. How do we live to our fullest potential in the last third of life? With careers winding down, and children having long ago left home, we are faced sometimes for the first time in our ever-productive lives with the most basic questions. What is most important? What is the essence of my life? Who am I becoming? This podcast episode is a reflection about living into the last third of life. Baby boomers are retiring at an average of 10,000 per day; over the next 20 years, an estimated 70 million boomers will stop working. Those over age 65 are the fastest-growing age demographic in the United States. The Gift of Years can be a Pilgrimage. I have been inspired to see this stage of life as a Pilgrimage. If we re-envision aging as a pilgrimage and ourselves as pilgrims, it can imply a life of meaningful intent and spiritual intensity, a far more vital way of looking at the experience of the Last Third of life. How do we becom...

12 MIN3 weeks ago
Comments
The Gift of Years: Pilgrimage Into The Last Third

For The Feast of Saint Aidan-August 31st Practicing The Presence Of God In Daily Life

What can we do to have the manifest presence of God in our lives? What can we do to be sure that we really are living before the shining face of God? St. Aidan of Lindisfarne was one example of the Celtic Christian Tradition for whom God the Trinity invites us to live in two landscapes: the visible and the invisible, the seen and the unseen, the domain of the physical and the spiritual. We can practice and know the manifest presence of God in every moment of daily life. Aidan’s life work began at Iona. During his exile, King Oswald of Northumbria, had lived at Columba’s monastery of Iona where he had been converted and baptized. He sent to Iona, rather than to Canterbury, for missionaries. The head of the new mission was a gentle monk named Aidan, who centered his work at Lindisfarne, an island off the northeast coast of England. With his fellow monks and the English youth whom he trained, Aidan restored Christianity in Northumbria. They counted on the manifest presence of God: Fa...

11 MINAUG 30
Comments
For The Feast of Saint Aidan-August 31st Practicing The Presence Of God In Daily Life

Integrity With Ourselves: What Our Soul Longs For

Almost everyone lives a divided life where we are out of touch with our soul – that life-giving core of the human self, with its hunger for truth and justice, love and forgiveness that has the power to guide our lives. Parker Palmer, Director of the Center for Courage and Renewal, has wisely said: “Congruence between our inner lives and outer actions is what our soul longs for and whenever we live in defiance of this inner voice our life is divided and our spirit suffers under the burden of duplicity.” What our soul yearns for is wholeness and integrity. We need to care for our soul. One of the best ideas about integrity and the soul comes from Dr. Dallas Willard: “Our soul is like an inner stream of water, which gives strength, direction, and harmony to every other element of our life. When that stream is as it should be, we are constantly refreshed and exuberant in all we do, because our soul itself is then profusely rooted in the vastness of God and his kingdom, including nat...

12 MINJUL 29
Comments
Integrity With Ourselves: What Our Soul Longs For

Sermon July 14th – The One Who Showed Compassion

Today was the second of two supply Sundays at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Orlando, on behalf of their well loved and gifted Rector, Fr. David Bumstead+. I find great joy in these opportunities to express my ministry and to support local parishes from time to time. It is deeply meaningful. The Parable of the Good Samaritan is filled with many levels of wisdom and truth for us as those who seek a more flourishing life. In this proclamation of the parable I was drawn to the necessity of becoming the kind of person for whom compassionate involvement with the suffering of others naturally (supernaturally) flows. Of course, loving God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength comes first. Without that, you can’t love your neighbor as yourself. You have to have the resources, the insight to do that, and that comes from our love of God and our devotion of every aspect of our being to the work God is doing in our world. This Parable of Jesus reveals our need for ongoing renovation of the ...

14 MINJUL 15
Comments
Sermon July 14th – The One Who Showed Compassion

Sermon July 7: The Reign of God Has Come Near To You

It was an honor to preach at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Orlando today for Fr. David Bumstead, their wonderful Rector and my friend. My theme for the sermon was taken from The Gospel lesson for Proper 9, on the 4th Sunday after Pentecost, Luke 10: 1-11, 16-20. ….cure the sick who are there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ We’re talking about a partnership where God’s grace and your well-directed efforts by grace collide to live in the Kingdom now. It is all about Aliveness. Above all, it is about waking up to the always available Presence of the crucified and risen Christ, alive and at large throughout the world, Who invites us to be his followers wherever we are. P.S. Music theme in closing: Fanfare for King of Glory. RCL+ So grateful to Fr. Bumstead for this opportunity. With you on the Journey, Rob+

13 MINJUL 8
Comments
Sermon July 7: The Reign of God Has Come Near To You

Flourishing: Choosing Integrity

“By choosing integrity, I become more whole, but wholeness does not mean perfection. It means becoming more real by acknowledging the whole of who I am.” – Parker Palmer Living with integrity, whether you are in your twenties or seventies, is no minor or insignificant task. We have to be honest with ourselves about the difficulty of living in our own identities and integrity. I have benefited greatly from the work of Pete and Geri Scazzero over the years and their work on Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. In many ways it is about living with greater integrity, moving from our false divided self to our true and wholehearted self. Integrity largely has to do with purifying our intentions and being honest about our motives. It is hard work. Most often we don’t pay attention to that inner task until we have had some kind of fall or failure in our outer tasks. Pete has identified the following four critical areas of choosing and living with integrity: Integrity with God Integrity wit...

14 MINMAY 25
Comments
Flourishing: Choosing Integrity

An Encounter With The Risen Lord: God Confidence

I enjoyed being supply priest for Fr. Tom Phillips this past Sunday, 2nd Sunday of Easter, at Church of the Incarnation, located at Canterbury Retreat Center, the Diocese of Central Fl. Tom has a strong commitment to preaching and teaching, and this engaging faith community definitely engages and animates the preaching task! Had fun with this one. Hope you will listen, and that you find a word from the Risen Lord!With you on the Journey of Flourishing Life in Christ,Rob+

16 MINMAY 2
Comments
An Encounter With The Risen Lord: God Confidence

“We Have Heard The Fact, Let Us Seek The Mystery”

I had the gift of preaching yesterday at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Orlando on behalf of their fine Rector, Fr. David Bumsted+. Deeply grateful for his ministry. The Parable of the Prodigal Sons, also called The Parable of the Father’s Love, offers tantalizing opportunities to connect the parable to our daily lives, to our families, and to our experience of God. The challenge of this parable is to keep listening, to listen to it again, and to be open to the possibility it may say something new to us. Stepping into a parable — even a much-beloved parable — is like stepping into a river; you cannot step into the same river twice, as Heraclitus of Ephesus reminds us. One of the hardest things we face in life and the spiritual journey is to stop being the prodigal son without turning into the elder brother. It Is a challenge we all must face. The Good News Jesus reveals in the parable centers on the extravagant love of a father who culturally humiliates himself to show mercy to bot...

15 MINAPR 1
Comments
“We Have Heard The Fact, Let Us Seek The Mystery”

Ash Wednesday Meditation: We Are Beloved Dust And Spirit

Remember: “You Are Dust and To Dust You Shall Return” Genesis 3:19 Keep death before your eyes – Saint Benedict, The Rules: Chapter 4:47 On the first day of Lent, Ash Wednesday, we are invited to have our foreheads crossed with ashes as a reminder that we are creatures of dust. We are fragile, fallible, fallen human beings. Therefore, from the moment we emerge from our mother’s womb, we begin the process of dying. The finality of death is meant to challenge us to decision, the decision to be fully present here now, following Jesus, and so beginning eternal life. For eternity rightly understood is not the perpetuation of time, on and on. In contrast, eternity is the overcoming of time by the now that does not pass away. Eternity is in session. As Trevor Hudson writes: “We are God’s beloved, and nothing—not even death—can separate us from God’s love through Jesus Christ. Our dust is charged with God’s own life-sustaining and death-defeating breath. We are beloved dust.” I i...

8 MINMAR 6
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Ash Wednesday Meditation: We Are Beloved Dust And Spirit
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