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Good Advice is Wisdom in Comfortable Shoes

January 21, 2021

Good Advice is Wisdom in Comfortable Shoes Michael Jinkins   The best advice I ever got on a horse came from a nun, but I didn’t take it. We were at Churchill Downs for a special event. Sister Mary Margaret and I were standing in line waiting to place our bets on the third race. […]

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Be it Resolved

January 14, 2021

Be it Resolved Michael Jinkins   Every year lots of folks make New Years Resolutions. I don’t anymore. They tend to lead to New Years Disappointments in my experience. I save my resolution for Ash Wednesday and the weeks that follow, thinking that I’ll have a better chance of being good if (a) the period […]

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In All of Life We Are Dealing With God

January 7, 2021

In All of Life We Are Dealing With God Michael Jinkins   As you can probably imagine, your pastor has been struggling this week to find appropriate words to address the events that occurred in Washington D.C.. Recently a colleague with whom I was speaking, ended his conversation with words I’ve heard him say dozens […]

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“Doom Scrolling:” My Phrase for the Year 2020

December 31, 2020

“Doom Scrolling:” My Phrase for the Year 2020 Michael Jinkins   This is my choice for new word or phrase of the year, “doom scrolling,” the pernicious and addictive habit of scrolling through one bad news story after another on the internet or television. Someone coming up for air after watching two or three hours […]

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The Language of Christmas

December 23, 2020

The Language of Christmas Michael Jinkins   Christmas doesn’t speak in prose. Not fluently, at least. It speaks in music and lyrics and poetry. How could it be otherwise? Christmas touches the face of eternity with the hands of an infant. Upon getting the news from Gabriel that God intended to make her the mother […]

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Fairy Tales Can Come True

December 17, 2020

Fairy Tales Can Come True Michael Jinkins   We read “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” to our children when they were young. At about that same time, the BBC produced a film version for television. The production values weren’t what viewers today would demand. Actors in woolly suits pretended they were animals. But […]

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Little Sacraments

December 10, 2020

Little Sacraments Michael Jinkins   We left the restaurant and began walking up Clinton Street. At nine o’clock, the Village is just waking up, shaking off its dusky haze and getting down to business. But we four already had most of the day we planned to have. Scott and Amy had a sitter to relieve […]

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In Pursuit of the Sublime

December 3, 2020

In Pursuit of the Sublime Michael Jinkins It took years to find the right word for what I felt when, one fall morning, walking our children to school in Aberdeen, I passed by a garden in which there were small flowers of the most intense deep blues I had ever seen. The feeling they evoked […]

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Love and Truth

November 19, 2020

Love and Truth Michael Jinkins   The prophets of Israel, the great Abraham Heschel, once indicated, suffered an exquisite divine pathos. He wrote: ‘The emotional experience of the prophet becomes the focal point of the prophet’s understanding of God. He lives not only his personal life, but also the life of God. The prophet hears […]

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The Devil’s Theology

November 12, 2020

The Devil’s Theology Michael Jinkins   On Reformation Heritage Sunday I preached a sermon in which I referred to one variety of what I call the Devil’s Theology. If I might define that term, I would say that the Devil’s Theology is any use of religious beliefs to provoke or justify the destruction of any […]

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