RCD Podcast - Episode 5 - Talking about Revival!

On May 4th, the Diocese of NH will host an Episcopal Revival in the town of Windham, NH. We’re very excited about the upcoming event and have dedicated this week’s Red Church Door podcast to talking about it. This week’s episode welcome three guests. The first is the Rev. Zachary Harmon, the Vicar of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Hampstead, NH; Jerusalem Greer, Staff Officer for Evangelism on the Presiding Bishop’s staff; the Rev. Dr. Patricia Lyons - the guest leader for the May 4th revival and Canon for Evangelism in the Diocese of Washington.

From Priest Pulse: Two MORE Fantastic Forma Guests - feat. Jerusalem Greer and Callie Swanlund

(Priest Pulse is a Sister Podcast of Red Church Door)

On this week’s Priest Pulse, Colin and Fr. Laurence fly solo as they key up two MORE interviews from the FORMA conference in January. While in Indy, Fr. Ben and Colin sat down with Jerusalem Greer, who is currently (but was not yet at the time) staff officer for evangelism on the Presiding Bishop’s staff, to hear about the many projects she has going on around the Church. In our second segment, Fr. Laurence was able to talk with the Rev. Callie Swanlund to hear her thoughts on the recent screening of her awesome How2Charist project and what might be next!

From Fox News & Scott Gunn:

Several of my church-going friends shared a recent op-ed from Fox News Opinion on their social media, “Church as we know it is over. Here's what's next." The op-ed says that “the church needs to accept the fate of physical church as we know it, so we can move into the next phase of digital church.”

Yes, the old expectations that people will somehow just show up in churches must die. But the replacement is not digital church. While I love connecting online, it isn’t the same as being part of a gathered community. Church as we know it may be over, but it’s time to reboot church as we know it – and our expectations.

Christians need to go to church. It’s that simple.

RCD Podcast - Episode 4 - Joan Bowers

 Our guest on the Podcast today is Joan Bowers, is an example of someone and lives her lives both in the heart and in the head. She's an accomplished academic as well a teacher of spiritual directors (and a spiritual director herself). Joan is also the co-founder of the School for Spiritual Direction at Adelynrood Retreat and Conference Center in Byfield, MA. It's a beautiful and secluded center for retreat, prayer, and study.

From Christianity Today/Fleming Rutledge: Why Being ‘Spiritual’ Is Never Enough

In today’s context, it is more crucial than ever to make a sufficiently sharp distinction between self-justification and self-sanctification on the one hand, and on the other, the utterly gratuitous, prevenient action of God in justifying humanity through his Son. The answer to our problem, then, is both simple and difficult: We need substantive, biblical preaching that drives home our need for justification through Christ.

From Priest Pulse: On Discernment and Vocation, feat. Greg Millikin and Sarah Stonesifer

(Priest Pulse is a Sister Podcast of Red Church Door:)

On this episode we're joined by author Greg Millikin of the book "Being Called, Being Gay" from Church Publishing available now, as well as returning guest Sarah Stonesifer. We discuss issues around discernment, vocation, and call to lay and ordained ministry, and engage issues of age, gender, sexual orientation, and more as they relate to discernment in the Episcopal Church. We think all discernment officers around TEC should check this one out!

From NBC: How to use the ritual of Lent to reevaluate your life, even if you're a non-believer

(From NBCnews.com - Stephanie Thurrott ) Even if you’re not Christian, you’ve probably at least heard of Lent — the 40 (really 46, since Sundays don’t count) days between Ash Wednesday and Easter. But what is Lent really about?

It’s about introspection. “Lent is a time of putting aside what we normally do to reevaluate our lives. It’s a time to ask, ‘Am I really being the person I intend to be?’” says Father Mark Morozowich, dean of the school of theology and religious studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC.

From: All Saints' Episcopal Church in Frederick, MD: Being a Holy Lent

The Revs. Adrien Dawson and Jessica Holthus, from All Saints' Episcopal Church in Frederick, MD have presented a fantastic video explaining the history and meaning of the ashes that will be presented across Christendom next week on March 6th (Ash Wednesday). If you are interested in partaking in this ancient tradition, be sure to contact your local Episcopal Church to see what time their services are.

From Glennon Doyle: Church May Reject You - God Celebrates You

Being rejected by church is not the same as being rejected by God.
God is not church.
God is not religion.
The gatekeepers of institutions are not God.
(But they are often desperate defenders of their own relevance.)
God loves you more than any institution God created for you: This means God loves you more than the toxic denomination in which you find yourself or the abusive marriage in which you find yourself.

RCD Podcast - Episode 3 - The Rev. Anna V. Ostenso Moore

The Rev. Anna V. Ostenso Moore is the Associate Priest for Family Ministry at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Minneapolis, and is the author of Today is a Baptism Day, a children’s picture book recently released by Church Publishing.

On today’s episode, I sat down to what I thought was simply a conversation about the book, but as you’ll hear, dives much deeper into Anna’s personal life, and how the current position she and her husband find themselves, highlights the difference between the very present idea of Baptism and the agony of waiting for God’s time.