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Shadow side exists in all
After disembarking from Alaska Airlines at the Kodiak airport, I wanted to kiss the ground. It was a typically cloudy day, and my eyes no longer felt bombarded with relentless sunlight, as it felt like in Arizona. It was pleasantly dark at 7:30 a.m. and I looked forward to catching up on the sleep I didn’t get while waiting all night in the Anchorage airport. I had my bags in minutes, after exchanging pleasantries...
Mar 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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In heaven, everyone gets to the big leagues
Coming to you from Surprise, Arizona in the midst of a Brewers 8-4 rout of the Kansas City Royals, it’s Chick Priest. I did not want to leave you hanging with your spiritual questions just because it is Spring Break, so I brought along the iPad, and between innings. It was a cool day in Phoenix today, only getting up to 82 degrees and overcast, which is a blessing here on the third base (east facing) side where th...
Mar 20, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Discussion of Islam to kick off Lenten lectures
The purpose of Lent is to engage in enhanced spiritual struggle against “sin in our own lives,” said Deacon Irenaios Anderson, academic dean and church history professor at St. Herman’s Seminary. It involves a type of martyrdom, a dying to self. “There have been some people in Christian history, namely martyrs, who paid the ultimate price,” said Anderson. They preferred death by sword and crucifixion to safety, se...
Feb 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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Thoughts from a hike: From where comes virtue?
Were you out Monday at all? It was one of the glorious Kodiak days, when the sun is shining, the sky is brilliant blue and the ocean glisten as the sun's rays make waves and foam look alive. If you were working, and looking outside enviously, at least you have a window. And a job. Many Saturdays, as I procrastinate on my sermon, I am envying people who have weekends off. Two days in a row. But I digress. So, it wa...
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Have a hip and holy Lent
Remember back in the good ol’ days, when men were men, and priests were men, and even God was scared? You could count on people sitting in the same pews every week, everyone in America was Christian, and prayer in schools wasn’t just expected, but mandatory. Back then, people knew they were sinners, so everyone went to church, and everyone tithed, and everyone gave up chocolate and drinking for Lent. Or do you rem...
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Celebrating Agape love
The last straw was the TV commercial for JC Penney encouraging everyone to “buy gifts for all your Valentines” and, of course, “use your JC Penney card” and get in even more debt after the Christmas binge of gift buying. I wanted to throw my remote at the TV, but managed to refrain. I have picked up pieces of remote before and never found all the pieces. Valentines Day and I have had a love/hate relationship with ...
Feb 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Abba Father has unique location and ministry
Located in the heart of downtown Kodiak across from the boat harbor, Abba Father Christian Fellowship is on the periphery of the more established neighborhood churches. Many of the people who walk through its doors are transients: fishermen passing through, Coastguardsmen on cutters or patrols on their way to Bering Sea, cannery workers, homeless folk. Some come in work clothes, just off the boat or a long cannery...
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Finding humility difficult in our cult of preference
Less than nine months after moving to Kodiak, I am amazed at how my standards of traffic have changed. Recently, I was trying to turn left onto Mill Bay Road, and found myself getting impatient after waiting for three minutes. I caught myself thinking that traffic was heavy, and laughed at myself. I have lived in much bigger cities, with much worse traffic, but we adapt quickly to our surroundings, don't we? From ...
Feb 06, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Calvary Chapel has church in Bells Flats
It started with a couple of ladies meeting with Azarias and Stacy Basamania in their home, and now the Calvary Chapel draws between 20 to 30 people on a weekly basis in its own quarters in a Bells Flats building that also houses grocery and liquor stores. The Chapel, which is pastored by Azarias, has been in its current location a little over a year. The church opened its doors in 2009 and moved from the Basamania...
Jan 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Do Kodiakans struggle with their faith?
My blog and Twitter account describe me as an irreverent priest struggling with and for Christianity, the Episcopal church, and chocolate. (Who wrote that, anyway?) For those of you who have trouble with any priest admitting irreverence or that they struggle with their faith, just how strong is your God, anyway? I am of the mindset of Pierre Theilard de Chardin who said, "By virtue of the Creation, and still more ...
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