Stories by the Rev. Cynthia Taylor

Friday, Dec. 5, 2014

Finding meaning in Advent's placement

It's taken me awhile to understand the wisdom of liturgical churches in making us go through Advent to get to Christmas, of making us face a grown-up Savior come again before we can welcome the ...
By the Rev. Cynthia Taylor

Friday, Aug 29, 2014

On Labor Day, remember that work is holy

I don’t expect that our places of worship will be bursting at the seams tomorrow. We save that kind of exuberance for Christmas and Easter services, not Labor Day, which isn’t even a religious ...
By the Rev. Cynthia Taylor

Friday, Aug 8, 2014

Be present in the present

The story of Mary and Martha shows us that we need to be mindful of what we're doing, and why we're doing it.
By the Rev. Cynthia Taylor

Friday, July 18, 2014

We're different, and we're supposed to be

Christians might look like everybody else, but we're not like everybody else. We're different. We're weird. We're mutants.
By the Rev. Cynthia Taylor

Friday, Nov. 1, 2013

You can't choose how you'll die, just how you'll live

I've made it my practice for several years now to use All Saint's Day as a time to remember the saints in my own life and go through whatever tangible family relics I may have of them.
By the Rev. Cynthia Taylor

Friday, Sept. 27, 2013

What does a love letter from God look like?

Over the next week thousands of churches throughout the world will hold a Blessing of the Animals.
By the Rev. Cynthia Taylor

Friday, Aug 2, 2013

Like a new school year, Jesus offers fresh starts

Anything is possible at the start of a new year. The new school year and Christianity intersect because the very business of Christianity is fresh starts. It is in the person of Jesus we find our ...
By the Rev. Cynthia Taylor

Friday, May 31, 2013

Come, sit, stay and find rest

The lessons we give to our dogs -- Come. Sit. Stay. -- also are lessons we need to learn in our walk with God.
By the Rev. Cynthia Taylor

Friday, April 26, 2013

In moments of evil, God is with us

Jesus never told his followers that being with him would protect them from danger. But Jesus has "overcome the world." We saw that in action in Boston -- when the explosions went off, people ran ...
By the Rev. Cynthia Taylor

Friday, Feb. 8, 2013

Lent is season to seek grace, forgiveness

Ash Wednesday is a time when we admit that we are bent out of shape by our own sin. But God can make us whole again.
By the Rev. Cynthia Taylor

Friday, Dec. 14, 2012

Following Jesus is an unexpected journey

We may dream of great adventures, but the reality is that when adventure comes knocking we are more likely to respond as did Bilbo Baggins: "Sorry! I don't want any adventures, thank you. Not today!"
By the Rev. Cynthia Taylor

Friday, Oct. 19, 2012

God enables you when you trip up

For thousands of years, humanity has slipped and fallen, only to discover that someone was always there to hold them by the hand.
By the Rev. Cynthia Taylor

Friday, Aug 3, 2012

Jesus offers us a fresh start

The Church of the Holy Comforter will mark the beginning of a new school year with the annual Blessing of the Backpacks.
By the Rev. Cynthia Taylor

Friday, April 6, 2012

The real Master lets everyone in

For Christians, this past week has been our Holy Week. It has been the same for golf fans as well. It's that time of year when the sports world turns its focus to Augusta.
By the Rev. Cynthia Taylor

Friday, Dec. 16, 2011

We must let baby Jesus grow

For way too many of us, getting to Christmas is like running a marathon. When we cross the finish line, we're too tired to enter into what this holy day is all about.
By the Rev. Cynthia Taylor

Friday, Aug 12, 2011

We must let God be God

I don't think it is a coincidence, to use the phrase, that dog is God spelled backwards. God wants to show us this world that he created, but we want to limit God, contain God.
By the Rev. Cynthia Taylor

Friday, July 15, 2011

Potter story epitomizes good vs. evil

When the first Potter movie came out, letters to the editor denounced the Boy who Lived. Why? Because there was concern that reading or watching would lead scores of people into the dark arts.
By the Rev. Cynthia Taylor

Pastor: Clergy can love Harry Potter epic tale of good vs. evil

For those of us who have always loved Harry, even amongst us clergy, there was always the understanding that this was an epic tale of good vs.  evil.
By the Rev. Cynthia Taylor

Friday, June 17, 2011

Good shepherd controls the flock

The only way to find out if the shepherd is trustworthy is just to go into the pen and be with the sheep and the shepherd. And this is what we are born for -- to be with the shepherd.
By the Rev. Cynthia Taylor

Friday, Feb. 25, 2011

Jesus can fish, but crabbing works too

Since I prefer crabbing to fishing, that leads me to wonder, surely, with all the translations of the Bible that we now have, whether there is one in which Jesus says, "Follow me and I will make ...
By the Rev. Cynthia Taylor

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