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Pastor Zip's Blog · 1d ago

Ascension Day Worship

The Ascension of Our Lord commemorates the risen Christ's ascension to heaven. The coronation of Christ the King is celebrated, but so in him is the enthronement of humanity itself. As Saint John Chrysostom (ca. 347-407) declared in a sermon on the...
Pastor Zip's Blog · 1W ago

Sometimes This Job* Stinks :'(

It's one of the saddest verses in the Gospels. Jesus, fresh from amazing teaching, healings and casting out demons, and even raising a girl from the dead, comes to his hometown of Nazareth....
Pastor Zip's Blog · 1M ago

Worried about the West's vanishing Christian character? Go to church!

Melanie McDonagh writes at The Spectator on the conversation of the decline of the Church of England, but it applies here in the US, too: So, I have a simple proposal for the cultural Christ...
Pastor Zip's Blog · 1M ago

Repost: Black Friday

Today is the real Black Friday.Originally posted here Good Friday 2015.
Pastor Zip's Blog · 3M ago

Hey Father!

So after eating, Todd and I are walking up University Street to the parking lot when we hear the shout, "Hey Father!" Todd spots her first, a black woman waiting in the left-turn lane who'd...
Pastor Zip's Blog · 4M ago

Community? Not!

I just heard it used again on a radio broadcast and I've had it. The speaker was representing "the hospital community." A few weeks ago a young woman described trying to break into "the mo...
Pastor Zip's Blog · 5M ago

My SFnal Day

Carrie Fisher died this morning. I was 18 when she burst indelibly into my eyes as Princess Leia in Stars Wars. She was not-yet 21.For dinner tonight I had breen. It's a Narn food I learned about on Babylon 5. G'Kar tells us it is one of those un...
Pastor Zip's Blog · 6M ago

The Election

I posted the following earlier today at ALPB Forum Online in response to comments on the topic "Election followup." Pastor ZipI picked up reading long before starting Kindergarten in 1964. ...
Pastor Zip's Blog · 6M ago

Of Course I Voted

I walked into the polling room at Neighborhood House about quarter to four. The three booths were occupied and, after I checked in, I was told to have seat with a few others folks already there before they called my name. Not a long line by any mea...
Pastor Zip's Blog · 8M ago

Advertising Algorithms: Still Not Ready

Inspired to action by Bishop Barron's comments on Fleming Rutledge's The Crucifixion, I added the book to my Amazon Wish List a few moments ago. The Rev. Rutledge is a retired Episcopal priest who has long had a reputation as an excellent preacher a...