Faith and Giving

I was fortunate while I was an undergraduate at the University of Georgia. My parents were generously willing to cover my expenses after scholarships and encouraged me to focus on school rather than get a part-time job. This was an obvious luxury because many of my...

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Time: The Great Equalizer

Time. In some ways it is the great equalizer. No matter what we have or lack of other resources, we all have the same amount of time each day—24 hours. Yet for most of us, it seems there is rarely enough.  Never have I felt this more viscerally than in motherhood. I...

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Let’s Bring our Talents to the Altar

In so many ways Anglicanism has ruined me. When we were in college and newly in love,  Spencer and I tried our best to find a church together. It was a tumultuous time to be Episcopalian, and my home church was in the midst of a split. There was no Anglican church...

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What is the chief end of Man?

I once read an article that changed the way I think about time.  The gist of the article went something like this: Watch your “nos” and your “yeses” will take care of themselves; every time we say “yes” to something, we say “no” to something else.  This statement has...

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What We Give, God Multiplies

One Sunday, a very long time ago, during church the priest announced a second, special offering collection for a member of the congregation. The church’s piano player opened her purse and saw a five dollar bill. She was a single mother, and times were very lean. But...

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Giving Up this Lent

“What are you giving up for Lent?” Many of us have heard (or asked!) this question as the season of Lent approaches. Usually this gets translated as a restriction we are placing on ourselves for the 40 days of Lent. But this Lent, we will be exploring what it truly...

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A New Approach to Membership and Confirmation

Dear Trinity family, Over the years, there have been several tweaks to membership requirements at Trinity. This has caused some confusion over the years. I will often field questions from newcomers like: “If I am baptized does that make me a member of Trinity?” “What...

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Every Dark Valley

“Death comes in threes.” This is the only explanation my wife could muster when our daughter asked us, “Why are so many people dying?” We had just found out that a dear friend of ours had been placed in hospice care and was expected to die within the week. This was on...

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Merry Christmas…Still!

This Christmas was our largest ever at Trinity. About 230 people joined us for Christmas Eve services. Many of you worked hard to set up our space, prepare food, rehearse, welcome, and clean up. It was a team effort to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus...

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Those Who Are Far Off and Those Who Are Near

One of my favorite prayers in the Anglican tradition begins like this: “O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near.” One of the reasons I love this prayer...

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