Author Archives: Deacon Rick

About Deacon Rick

I am a retired Deacon in Lakeland Florida.

Purpose and miracles

From the archive of my old parish blog. In her book Celebration of Miracles, Jodie Berndt recommends how to look for explanations: “Instead of searching for a natural cause, we should look for a miracle’s intelligent cause. Underneath the drama … Continue reading

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The Pilgrim

I picked through entries I had made in a church blog I was writing five years ago. I have chosen a few to save here and will be posting them over the next few days. From a conversation between the … Continue reading

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Not knowing

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:24 These words of Jesus, uttered as he was being crucified, are among his most memorable and amazing. The deacon Stephen said something similar as the crowd … Continue reading

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Scales and measures

Margaret Blackie was recently meditating at her blog about gratitude and indebtedness. Another friend is preparing a kick-off lecture for a series on the value of “The Arts” in our lives. She has invited people to help stir the pot … Continue reading

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Daily bread

In the fall of 2005, I had begun my second year of classes in preparation toward becoming a deacon in the Episcopal Church. My second year of classes was all focused on individual book studies in the Bible. My class … Continue reading

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What it’s not about

This Sunday we are one week past Easter. This is the time when lectionaries turn our attention to the story of Doubting Thomas, the disciple who declared he would not believe Jesus had risen from the dead until he could … Continue reading

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Jenny and Phineas

Melanie and  I have a “date” each evening, getting together in my home office, watching old shows and travelogues on TV together. Sometimes we catch a movie. Over the Easter weekend, we finally saw the big Christmas hit The World’s … Continue reading

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