Author: Donald Nwankwo

Lenten Meditations: Penitence as Spiritual Discipline

Pastoral Reflections We continue the Lenten journey, a season in which the Christian church is called to intentional spiritual disciplines. Characteristic practices of the season include self-examination, penitence, self-denial through pleasures given up, positive actions taken up such as alms-giving and regular times of prayer, and more. Lenten observances are beneficial for the Christian life.

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Unexpected Joy in Lent

Pastoral Reflections As it approached time for our abridged service last night, I had mixed feelings. There was a sense of sadness that this Ash Wednesday service, my first at TLC, would be so stripped down. The Ash Wednesday service is a powerful liturgy with handles that usher us into a humble and penitent Lent.

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Turning to Lent

Pastoral Reflections We have been journeying through Epiphany the last eight weeks. The season concludes next Sunday – well, technically, on Tuesday. We kicked off the journey with the Magi on Epiphany Day. The First Sunday after Epiphany Day had us at Christ’s baptism with the Father revealing Jesus’ identity as His Son. The last

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Remembering Wycliffe

Pastoral Reflections When we think of the Reformation, quite often we immediately recall big names like Martin Luther, Ulrich Zwingli, and John Calvin. These were people who saw Reformation’s maturity in the 1500’s. This week marks the anniversary of John Wycliffe’s trial, akin to Luther’s, in which he stood firm against the unbiblical practices of

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Eucharist – Behind the Name

Pastoral Reflections “Why the name, Eucharist?” someone asked, recently, in our conversation. At the Lord’s Table, what we do is appropriately known by various names – Communion, the Lord’s Supper, the Last Supper, etc. We also call it the Eucharist, especially in more Sacramental traditions. Is there a significance that name? Eucharist derives from a

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Hunger

Pastoral Reflections A news item caught my eye last week. It was a story from Cuba. People gathered to see the first church building to be officially opened in Cuba in about sixty years. A Roman Catholic Church in the city of Sandino. There were tears. There were cheers. Apparently, a couple of dogs even

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A Family within a Clan

Pastoral Reflections Our clergy from TLC are getting ready for the Diocesan Gathering beginning Monday. As we prepare, I am reminded again of the nature of our (Anglican) Communion and what it means to belong to the Anglican clan. The diocesan gathering is an annual occasion where clergy and lay representatives from parishes within a

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Dreaming with MLK Jr.

Pastoral Reflections The more I come to learn about Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK), the more his message grows in clarity for me. I used to think MLK’s ultimate dream was improved citizenship rights and equal justice for Black Americans. There was certainly that, but it was more. MLK’s words, “I have a dream that

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Between Faithfulness and Success

Pastoral Reflections Chuck Colson was once known as President Nixon’s hatchet man. He served as special counsel to Nixon and even became looped into the Watergate Scandal when he was counted as one of the Watergate Seven. He was driven by success and results. Later, he had an encounter with the Gospel and was radically

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The New Year and the Gift of the Past

Pastoral Reflections The New Year, by default, propels us to look ahead. It is a season that revives our dreams and reboots our goals. So, we tend to make new year resolutions looking forward. These are appropriate. But by extension, we can be tempted to discard the old year as something past and behind. We

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