The blog of Ed Gungor.

November 9, 2016 0

Beyond Cure

In Jer. 17:9, the Prophet declares: The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? This verse paints a level of hopelessness at some level–especially if you think the goal of faith is perfection. But there is another side. It acknowledges that there is a part of us that will […]

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May 9, 2016 0

Double Realm-ed People

During the season on Eastertide, one of the texts that appears in the Book of Common Prayer’s daily readings is Hebrews 9:24: “For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. The […]

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April 18, 2016 0

My Consecration as Bishop

Dear Sanctuary Family, Since my consecration at Sanctuary this past Wednesday night I have had a number of people ask me, “Do you feel any different after being consecrated as a bishop?” The short answer is, yes, I do feel different. I was profoundly moved and feel like something changed in me through this event. […]

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July 11, 2015 0

Thoughts About Grace

Grace is an amazing thing. There is no way it makes sense. It is God lovingly chasing us when there is no reason for it. When the psalmist caught a glimpse of the love and favor God had for him, he cried, “This is too much, too wonderful—I can’t take it all in!” (Ps. 139:6 […]

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February 23, 2015 0

Prayers of the People – Terrorism/Isis/Boko Haram

We adopted this prayer from the Book of Common Prayer and the written prayers of St. Francis of Assisi, Francis Cardinal Arise & Walter Brueggemann. Prayers of the People. LEADER: Lord God, the world trembles out of control. The violence builds, some by terrorists, some by greed, some by intolerance, violence on every side. We believe that […]

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May 24, 2014 0

How Bad is My Sin?

Here’s an observation: It seems that everyone has an area of sin that tends to stump them (in 12:1 the Hebrew writer calls it “the sin that so easily entangles”). The seven classic deadly sins are: Gluttony Sloth/discouragement Greed Wrath Lust Envy Pride What I find interesting is that, though most of us stumble into a […]

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April 26, 2014 0

It Is Good

When God was working out creation (however he did it seems moot to me), each step was followed by a reflection where the text says, “And God saw that it was good.” I’ve noticed something about me. I seldom stop after completing a task and simply enjoy the good of its completion. I shoot off […]

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April 15, 2014 0

The Land of the Suck

This is not a place filled with constant happiness and joy. There is some of that here—“in the presence of the Lord,” sacred text claims (Psa. 16:11) and in the sheer sweet spots of life, like good eats, friends and family (Acts 14:17). But there are lots of places—dark nights of the soul (using St. […]

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March 5, 2014 0

Lent is Unnecessary—but It’s Good Religion

Today is the kick-off day for the 40-day journey to Resurrection traditionally called Lent. Christian communities all over the world use this time to intentionally make room for God in their lives through fasting, praying and special gatherings. It constitutes what I think can be good religion. I get that there is a bad kind […]

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January 16, 2014 0

Wrestling Faith

I think it is healthy to wonder about the claims of faith—to consider the “What if it’s true?” juxtaposed up against the “What if it’s not?” Thinking people should not be ashamed of the fact they are drawn like magnets to the uncertainties and questions inherent in faith. Faith, after all, is not supposed to […]

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