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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Claim the Openness! Claim the Kingdom! – A Reflection on April, Politics, and Marriage

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==================== A “Rector’s Reflection” offered by the Rev. Dr. C. Eric Funston to the people of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector, in the April 2016 edition of the parish newsletter, St. Paul’s Epistle. ==================== …

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Saying “Good-Bye” to Our Dog (9 January 2016)

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Her Ladyship Fionnaghuala “Fionna” nic Bhailecraic, Dowager Marchioness of Medina, my nearly constant companion of the last nine years, made her last trip to the vet’s office this morning and went to sleep for the last time at 9:10 a.m. …

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Never Again! – From the Daily Office Lectionary

From the Daily Office Lectionary for Monday in the week of Proper 29, Year 1 (Christ the King, 2015) Joel 3:14-15 ~ Multitudes, multitudes, in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley …

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The Fling’s the Thing – From the Daily Office Lectionary

From the Daily Office Lectionary for Wednesday in the week of Proper 11, Yr 1 (Pentecost 8, 2015) 1 Samuel 25:29 [Abigail said to David,] “If anyone should rise up to pursue you and to seek your life, the life …

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R.I.P. Bishop David Bowman – From the Daily Office Lectionary

From the Daily Office Lectionary for Saturday in the week of Proper 10, Yr 1 (Pentecost 7, 2015) Acts 13:36 ~ For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, died, was laid beside his …

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Priest as Pal – From the Daily Office Lectionary

From the OT lesson for Friday in the week of Trinity Sunday Deuteronomy 26 1 When you have come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess, and you possess it, and …

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Friendship – From the Daily Office – October 21, 2014

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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 …

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Blind to Community – Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Lent (Year A) – March 30, 2014

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==================== This sermon was preached on the Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 30, 2014, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (The lessons for the day were: 1 Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:8-14; and …

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No Words – From the Daily Office – March 29, 2014

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From the First Letter to the Corinthians: No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide …

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