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It’s the pilgrimage, it’s the struggle to understand, that transforms us.

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A rabbi once told me that God hides the truth from us and expects us to use our minds, the reason that God gifted us at our birth to uncover the truth. I find it fascinating that we have this itch in us to make sense of what is probably, ultimately, unsensible. It’s the pilgrimage, it’s the struggle to understand, that transforms us.¬† It’s not the answer. More here.

A Journey to Easter; a lenten discipline

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The series of blog posts that I wrote for the Diocese of Rhode Island during Lent of 2013 is now edited, tightened up and in print from Leader Resources. (Some folks in congregations said that they would prefer to use them in a book form rather than online.) From the book’s page on the publisher’s site: Bishop Knisely invites you to on a journey through the Gospel of Luke and the Books of Acts.¬†Journey to […]

What is irreducible in the Gospel? How do we give freedom to the hearers to synthesize?

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Yesterday, as three groups of the House of Bishops went to visit churches, museums and cultural centers around Taiwan, I found myself thinking about the challenges of proclaiming the eternal Gospel to people whose thinking is organized in radically different ways than that of the West. It’s not a new problem. The early missionaries of the Church struggled with explaining the Hebrew roots of Christianity to people of the Hellenistic culture. Missionaries who traveled East […]

These things did not happen in a corner

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Today we had a chance to drive up to the top of the Mount of Olives and to look across the Necropolis of Jerusalem to the where the Dome of the Rock stands – where the Temple stood in Jesus’ time. I knew intellectually that there view from the Mount of Olives, across the Kidron valley to the Temple was important to helping unlock additional meaning in what is called the “mini apocalypse” in Mark’s […]

The paradox of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher

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Some of you know that I’m in Jerusalem at the moment on a tour of Israel. Today we had a chance to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher as part of our itinerary. It is my first time in Israel and I am both overwhelmed and underwhelmed by what I am seeing. Underwhelmed because the reality of the holiest sites of Christianity is not at all what I had imagined them to be and […]

Science and Religion. The road show

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Great evening speaking to a group of people at Glencoe Union Church last night. The pastor is very active in issues surrounding the interactions between Science and Religion (and in particular with the Templeton Fund). He invited me to give my talk on best practices in conversations between scientific and religious thought. I’m taken by an off-hand comment he made in introducing me. It was that I was the first speaker they had in the […]

2013 Bishop’s address to the Diocese of Rhode Island

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In most dioceses in the Episcopal Church, there’s an expectation that the bishop will speak to the Annual Convention to both recap the previous year’s events and to point people toward what is expected in the coming year. Rhode Island has a long tradition of such addresses. Last year I read a longish piece that I wrote. I wasn’t completely satisfied with how it went, though I was gratified by the response. This year I […]

Epiphany 4C 2013 – Love in the church

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Paul's letters to the Church of Corinth show that controversy within the life of a congregation is nothing new. Last week we heard the first part of Paul's diagnosis of the problems in Corinth. This week we hear what he prescribes in treatment. Neither have anything to do with weddings… (Sermon preached at Holy Spirit in Charlestown RI) MP3 File