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Have a hip and holy Lent
Remember back in the good ol’ days, when men were men, and priests were men, and even God was scared? You could count on people sitting in the same pews every week, everyone in America was Christian, and prayer in schools wasn’t just expected, but mandatory. Back then, people knew they were sinners, so everyone went to church, and everyone tithed, and everyone gave up chocolate and drinking for Lent. Or do you rem...
Feb 20, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Celebrating Agape love
The last straw was the TV commercial for JC Penney encouraging everyone to “buy gifts for all your Valentines” and, of course, “use your JC Penney card” and get in even more debt after the Christmas binge of gift buying. I wanted to throw my remote at the TV, but managed to refrain. I have picked up pieces of remote before and never found all the pieces. Valentines Day and I have had a love/hate relationship with ...
Feb 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Abba Father has unique location and ministry
Located in the heart of downtown Kodiak across from the boat harbor, Abba Father Christian Fellowship is on the periphery of the more established neighborhood churches. Many of the people who walk through its doors are transients: fishermen passing through, Coastguardsmen on cutters or patrols on their way to Bering Sea, cannery workers, homeless folk. Some come in work clothes, just off the boat or a long cannery...
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Finding humility difficult in our cult of preference
Less than nine months after moving to Kodiak, I am amazed at how my standards of traffic have changed. Recently, I was trying to turn left onto Mill Bay Road, and found myself getting impatient after waiting for three minutes. I caught myself thinking that traffic was heavy, and laughed at myself. I have lived in much bigger cities, with much worse traffic, but we adapt quickly to our surroundings, don't we? From ...
Feb 06, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Calvary Chapel has church in Bells Flats
It started with a couple of ladies meeting with Azarias and Stacy Basamania in their home, and now the Calvary Chapel draws between 20 to 30 people on a weekly basis in its own quarters in a Bells Flats building that also houses grocery and liquor stores. The Chapel, which is pastored by Azarias, has been in its current location a little over a year. The church opened its doors in 2009 and moved from the Basamania...
Jan 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Do Kodiakans struggle with their faith?
My blog and Twitter account describe me as an irreverent priest struggling with and for Christianity, the Episcopal church, and chocolate. (Who wrote that, anyway?) For those of you who have trouble with any priest admitting irreverence or that they struggle with their faith, just how strong is your God, anyway? I am of the mindset of Pierre Theilard de Chardin who said, "By virtue of the Creation, and still more ...
Jan 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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In Orthodox Nativity, anticipation comes before celebration
“354 days until Christmas and people have their lights up already.” So goes a posting on Facebook. Christmas lights and music are hard to let go of. Some of the post-Christmas celebrants are anticipating “Russian Christmas,” which occurs Jan 7. This disparity in dates is due to various Orthodox churches’ use of the Julian instead of the widely-accepted Gregorian calendar in acknowledging holidays. Orthodox Church ...
Jan 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Table Time’ graced with divine appointments
The beloved Christmas carol “Silent Night” first made an impression on local author Christie Loney when she was a girl living in Forres, Scotland. Forres was a screening center for Polish soldiers who had been captured serving the German army during World War II. According to “Now Unto Him,” written by Loney’s father and Forres pastor Alastair Christie-Johnston, the “dirty, tired, starving men, in German field gre...
Dec 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Baptist Mission gears up for Currier and Ives, Bazaar
Kodiak is a town of great ideas. Like little seeds planted in fertile soil, these ideas sprout into festive events that draw the community together. The ideas originate within a small group or come from a single person, and soon they take on a life of their own. For 17 years, a Currier and Ives Christmas has drawn a cross-section of the community into the Kodiak Baptist Mission pavilion where people drink wassail,...
Dec 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Frontier Baptist Church hosts ‘Gathering’
Quiet neighborhoods in old Kodiak on Sunday morning meant that the residents were in church – not in bed. After church, they enjoyed a Sunday dinner, often with guests, napped, visited, took a ride and by six o’clock, they grabbed their Bibles and headed back to sanctuary for Sunday evening services. By mid-week the faithful were in church again for refreshment and rejuvenation. Their minds and hearts were challen...
Nov 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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