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Advent Reflection – Seventh Day of Advent

December 3rd, 2016 by Brian Pinter

Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus Scroll down for to view the hymn and listen to the audio. “Born to reign in us forever, Now thy gracious kingdom bring.” For me, to be a mature, adult disciple of Jesus is to enter into a partnership with God.  Together, God and humanity work in the family business of caring… Read More

Religious Literacy Quiz

October 25th, 2016 by Brian Pinter

During our first session of our Religion in America Lecture Series, we took the following Religious Literacy Quiz. How many can you answer? Which holy book stipulates that a girl who does not bleed on her wedding night should be stoned to death? a. Koran b. Old Testament c. (Hindu) Upanishads Which holy text declares:… Read More

Water, Wind and Fire: The Holy Spirit in Scripture – Notes from Class 3

October 4th, 2016 by Brian Pinter

The Holy Spirit in the Prophetic Literature, Sunday, October 2. In many prophetic texts we see that the Spirit is closely linked with divine presence; for example, a number of prophetic texts read “the spirit of the Lord came upon…”.  The spirit references in the prophets texts have much to teach us about the nature… Read More

Water, Wind and Fire: The Holy Spirit in Scripture – Notes from Class 1

September 20th, 2016 by Brian Pinter

The focus of our studies this season will be the Holy Spirit in scripture.  We will explore the biblical foundations and antecedents for what became known as the doctrine of the Holy Spirit.  The ancients used metaphors such as moving wind, fire, water, and a hovering dove to describe the activity and power of God’s spirit. … Read More

Spiritual Direction at Christ Church

May 4th, 2016 by Brian Pinter

We are happy to announce the inauguration of a new ministry at Christ Church – Spiritual Direction.  For more information, click here.

Special Announcement: Technology and Spirituality Talk

May 4th, 2016 by Brian Pinter

A Conversation on Technology and the Spiritual Life The spiritual writer Rev. Dan Horan once asked, “If Jesus had been born in 1980 and begun his public ministry in 2010, would he have ‘friended’ the twelve apostles on Facebook instead of visiting the Sea of Galilee?” Modern technology has impacted our spiritual lives in profound… Read More

On Demons and Exorcisms

May 4th, 2016 by Brian Pinter

Here are some helpful reflections from Ronald Rolheiser that might help us to interpret the stories of Jesus’ exorcisms and demonic encounters.

Notes on Miracles and Parables

May 4th, 2016 by Brian Pinter

Here is a copy of my lecture notes on the parables and miracles (which I have referenced in the last couple weeks).

April 3 – The Gospel of Mark

April 5th, 2016 by Brian Pinter

Here are my notes from Sunday, April 3 – An Introduction to the Gospel of Mark

Interesting/Informative Piece on ISIS

March 20th, 2016 by Brian Pinter

Here is the piece I referenced in class today.