Do not be Afraid

Draughting Theology

Elijah said to her, “Do not be afraid…”

The phrase “do not be afraid” appears quite often in the Scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments.  It is quite rare, however, for those words to be spoken by a human being.  The first such occurrence happens in Genesis 35:17 when Rachel’s midwife tell her to “do not be afraid” just before she died during the birth of Benjamin, who she named Ben-oui which means “son of my sorrow.”  Later in Genesis, as Joseph forgives his brothers for what they did to him, he admonishes them to “have no fear” (Genesis 50:19, 21).  Twice, Moses speaks to a terrified Hebrew people.  He tells them, “do not be afraid” on the edge of the Red Sea the Egyptian army rapidly approaches (Exodus 14:13).  Later, at the foot of Mount Sinai, the people are convinced that hearing the voice of God will be their end, but Moses assures…

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A Whole New Life

the rev. jimmy abbott

The Rev. Jimmy Abbott
All Saints’ Day
November 1, 2015

Revelation 21:1-6a

There is a new genre of fast food called “the mashup.” You’ve seen these. Taco Bell came out with a taco, in which the shell was a giant Dorito. Kentucky Fried Chicken had a bacon and cheese sandwich in which fried chicken breasts were the bread. There’s another sandwich right now in production by Hardee’s that is a hamburger with bacon, macaroni and cheese, with buffalo hot sauce. Get the Pepto-Bismol.

Carl’s Junior fast food restaurant came out with a new sandwich this summer, that, I think, might actually work. It’s called “The Most American Thickburger.” So you have the bottom half of a the hamburger bun, the hamburger patty, then a hot dog cut in half, and then the rest of the hamburger bun. I can’t tell if that sounds gross or delicious.

Maybe I’m intrigued by…

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Jamaica: Good Samaritan near death from anti-gay knife attack

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Asheen Walford  (Photo courtesy of the National Anti-Discrimination Alliance and Facebook) Asheen Walford (Photo courtesy of the National Anti-Discrimination Alliance and Facebook)

A young man who works with homeless LGBT youths in Jamaica is in critical condition in a New Kingston area hospital, suffering from knife wounds inflicted Oct. 24 by a group of anti-gay men attacking LGBT youths who have been repeatedly evicted from wherever they choose to stay.

Police removed them in January from the Shoemaker Gully drainage channel in New Kingston and sealed off the site. They stayed for a while in the area of Clocktower Plaza, but a mob attacked them there in April.  Lately they have been living near the Canadian Embassy in the former cholera cemetery.

But their presence there was recently publicized in the Jamaica Gleaner. Soon after the Gleaner’s Oct. 4 article, Loop Jamaica reported, government workers tried to evict them again. The Gleaner article apparently also prompted anti-gay attackers to…

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What the Lord Desires

Draughting Theology

“We affirm the minimum standard of the tithe is personal giving…”

These words make up the heart of point one of the Stewardship Statement made by the Standing Committee of the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast on April 20, 1989, and reaffirmed on January 24, 2004.  With similar words, the General Convention of The Episcopal Church has set forth “a personal spiritual discipline that includes, at a minimum, the holy habits of tithing, daily personal prayer and study, Sabbath time, and weekly corporate worship…” (2003-A135).  Still, it seems there is no better way to get the collective hackles of Episcopalians up then by discussing the tithe as a standard of giving.

The response will typically fall into one of three camps.  The vast majority will gasp at the idea of giving away 10% of their income as they throw a crumpled up $5 bill in the plate. …

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