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Follow @FatherEricF From Ecclesiasticus: Do not find fault before you investigate; examine first, and then criticize. Do not answer before you listen, and do not interrupt when another is speaking. (From the Daily Office Lectionary – Sirach 11:7-8 (NRSV) – October 24, 2014) I should have taken a course on the Deutero-Canon when I was in seminary! Really! I’m just astounded at the amount of really good advice there is in this one book, The Wisdom of Jesus, Son of …

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Follow @FatherEricF From Ecclesiasticus: Do not get angry with your neighbor for every injury, and do not resort to acts of insolence. (From the Daily Office Lectionary – Sirach 10:6 (NRSV) – October 23, 2014) Today is the feast of St. James of Jerusalem, also called James the Just, also known as the brother of our Lord. He is revered as the advocate of tolerance for Gentile converts (see Acts 15:12-19). Of note is the apparent fact that he was …

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Follow @FatherEricF From Ecclesiasticus: Do not grow weary when you pray; do not neglect to give alms. (From the Daily Office Lectionary – Sirach 7:10 (NRSV) – October 22, 2014) “Do not neglect to give alms.” Alms: “charitable donations of money or goods to the poor or needy” says the dictionary with an etymological note saying it comes from an old Greek word, eleemosyne, meaning “pity, mercy.” The fancy plates of wood or brass or silver passed down the rows …

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Follow @FatherEricF From Ecclesiasticus: When you gain friends, gain them through testing, and do not trust them hastily. (From the Daily Office Lectionary – Sirach 6:7 (NRSV) – October 21, 2014) My wife and I don’t like to admit it, but as we each have started our seventh decade on this planet we best do so . . . we have each made really bad decisions about trusting people we believed to be friends. We’ve had confidences betrayed; we’ve lost …

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A Learning Experience – From the Daily Office – October 20, 2014

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Follow @FatherEricF From the Psalter: Who are they who fear the Lord? he will teach them the way that they should choose. They shall dwell in prosperity, and their offspring shall inherit the land. (From the Daily Office Lectionary – Psalm 25:11-12 (BCP Version) – October 20, 2014) When my wife and I decided to join a pilgrimage group and spend several days in the Holy Land this summer several people who had been there before us said, “It will …

 

Frustration – From the Daily Office – October 18, 2014

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Follow @FatherEricF From the Gospel of Luke: “You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you and bear with you?” (From the Daily Office Lectionary – Luke 9:41 (NRSV) – October 18, 2014) Project Evaluation Review Technique – “PERT” . . . . I learned to do PERT charts in business school. PERT charts diagram the flow of a project through its various tasks and processes, assigning some as “essential” tasks which must be done in …

 

Clear Instructions – From the Daily Office – October 17, 2014

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Follow @FatherEricF From the Gospel of Luke: Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” (From the Daily Office Lectionary – Luke 9:35 (NRSV) – October 17, 2014) You couldn’t get clearer instructions, could you? “Listen to him!” So why don’t people? I don’t mean people in general, I mean people who call themselves Christian. They pay attention to Leviticus and Deuteronomy. They pay attention to Paul. Why don’t they …

 

Leftist? Rightist? – From the Daily Office – October 16, 2014

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Follow @FatherEricF From the Gospel of Luke: If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it. What does it profit them if they gain the whole world, but lose or forfeit themselves? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words, of them the Son …

 

Leaving Us with a Question: Sermon for the 15th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 20A — September 21, 2014

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Follow @FatherEricF ==================== On the 15th Sunday after Pentecost, September 21, 2014, this sermon was offered to the people of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (The lessons for the day, RCL Proper 20A, Track 2, were Jonah 3:10-4:11, Psalm 145:1-8, Philippians 1:21-30, and Matthew 20:1-16. These lessons can be read at The Lectionary Page.) ==================== Let’s talk about Jonah. When I say something like “Let’s talk about Jonah,” I have to be more specific. …

 

Depression – A Poem – 13 September 2014

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