Facts, Opinions, Beliefs: Truth and the Role of the Clergy

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==================== A “Rector’s Reflection” by the Rev. Dr. C. Eric Funston to be published in the February 2017 issue of The Epistle, the monthly newsletter of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. ==================== Introduction In …

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A Meditation on Mortality (for the parish newsletter)

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==================== A “Rector’s Reflection” offered by the Rev. Dr. C. Eric Funston in the July 2016 issue of “The Epistle,” the newsletter of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. ==================== The week of the summer …

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Adhesions in the Body Politic

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As a human body moves, its tissues or organs normally move and shift, repositioning themselves in relation to one another within a normative range; nothing in the body is static. These tissues and organs have slippery surfaces and natural lubricants …

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No Grief So Profound: Sermon for Pentecost 3, Proper 5C (5 June 2016)

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==================== A sermon offered by the Rev. Dr. C. Eric Funston on the Third Sunday after Pentecost, June 5, 2016, to the people of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (The lessons for the day …

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Where Is the One Who Is Wise? – From the Daily Office Lectionary

Where is the one who is wise? From the Daily Office Lectionary for Tuesday in the week of Proper 19, Year 1 (Pentecost 16, 2015) 1 Corinthians 1:20-25 ~ Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? …

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Learning, Ignorance, Insanity – From the Daily Office Lectionary

Learning, Ignorance, Insanity From the Daily Office Lectionary for Tuesday in the week of Proper 16, Year 1 (Pentecost 13, 2015) Acts 26:24 ~ While [Paul] was making this defense, Festus exclaimed, “You are out of your mind, Paul! Too …

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Do We Lack Madmen? – From the Daily Office Lectionary

From the Daily Office Lectionary for Friday in the week of Proper 10, Yr 1 (Pentecost 7, 2015) 1 Samuel 21:15 ~ Do I lack madmen, that you have brought this fellow to play the madman in my presence? “Do …

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Fear Not – From the Daily Office – October 27, 2014

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From Ecclesiasticus: Have you heard something? Let it die with you. Be brave, it will not make you burst! (From the Daily Office Lectionary – Sirach 19:10 (NRSV) – October 27, 2014) Ben Sira’s admonition is set in context in …

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Toleration – From the Daily Office – October 23, 2014

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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 …

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I Believe – From the Daily Office – August 15, 2014

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From the Gospel according John: There was a royal official whose son lay ill in Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went and begged him to come down and heal his son, for …

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