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A Voice in the Wilderness

December 8th, 2017 by Stephen Bauman

Something has been nagging at me for a long while: Where has the aspiration for growing in character run off to? Why is there no public conversation about virtue or qualities of spiritual maturity defined by things like honor, integrity, loyalty, fidelity, truth, compassionate regard, courage, wisdom and humility? Why do these things sound so… Read More

Advent Reflections 2017

December 2nd, 2017 by Leslie Houseworth-Fields

Dear Friends, During the season of Advent, we prepare ourselves to receive the presence of God and the birth of Christ. It is a time intended for reflection, to reflect upon the gift we received at the first Advent and to look to the future with anticipation of Christ’s return. This year, Christ Church staff… Read More

Gratitude Abounds

November 17th, 2017 by Stephen Bauman

Over the years I have heard many persons say that as far as holidays are concerned, Thanksgiving is their favorite. They cite the general lack of obligation overload. They say it evokes memory, a longing for community and a chance even for cynics and curmudgeons to acknowledge their various dependencies for the sustaining of their… Read More

Where Do We Go from Here, Redux

October 27th, 2017 by Stephen Bauman

I’ve been thinking about the opioid crisis. It’s awful. The statistics are overwhelming: opioids are the leading cause of death for Americans under 50 years old, killing roughly 64,000 people last year, more than guns or car accidents, and doing so at a pace faster than the H.I.V. epidemic did at its peak. It’s an… Read More

Love is…

October 6th, 2017 by Stephen Bauman

Prior to the benediction at last Sunday’s service, I suggested those present likely shared the same state of bewilderment given the events of the last several weeks. I had in mind devastating hurricanes and earthquake, as well as human fashioned debacles like Charlottesville, dysfunctional government, nuclear confrontation, and a highly polarized political and cultural environment.… Read More

Soul work

September 29th, 2017 by Stephen Bauman

In a NY Times op-ed this morning, David Brooks takes a plunge into pop and rap by comparing two new songs by Chance the Rapper and Taylor Swift. He briefly dissects what they suggest about the difference between sincerity and authenticity, as well as our cultural regard for “branding.” “The first thing you notice in… Read More

Deliverables

September 22nd, 2017 by Stephen Bauman

Shortly after Equifax announced the catastrophic security breach, I tried to be in touch to determine my exposure risk. The website didn’t allow me to enter for some reason, so I called the suggested phone number. First attempt I was told to call back later. Second I was on hold for 20 minutes before getting… Read More

Prayer in a time of peril

September 8th, 2017 by Stephen Bauman

Prayer seems the natural and appropriate place to take our concern, anxiety, worry, hope, and love. Here’s one to try on. As you say it, imagine your voice as one that’s been joined within the chorus of a great congregation… Loving and gracious God: nature and all that you have created are truly awesome. Often,… Read More

On fairness and compassion

September 1st, 2017 by Stephen Bauman

“Life is difficult.” So began one of the most read self-help books of all time, The Road Less Traveled. From this three-sentence launching pad author M. Scott Peck explored how human flourishing was fashioned from a dynamic and sometimes searing balance of personal discipline, love, and spiritual growth. It remained on the NY Times best-seller list… Read More

Respite

August 11th, 2017 by Stephen Bauman

As a component of your summertime respite, I invite you to try a small discipline each day for the next week. (I strongly recommend doing this seven days in a row.) It will require 10 minutes of quiet time (or more, if you’re able, but no less) – that’s the hard part.  Well, that, and… Read More