Category Archives: The Rev. Canon John E. Lawrence

Science and Faith: The Hows and the Whys

I spent my first year in college at Capital University, a small Lutheran school in Columbus, Ohio.  Despite its size, it had some very strong courses of study, among which were biology and pre-med.  Intro Biology was team-taught by the … Continue reading

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False Prophets

Usually, about this point in the quadrennial national election cycle, people begin to lament that we’ve entered into the “silly season” of campaign rhetoric—a phase that seems to lengthen with each go-round.  It’s usually categorized by the radical hyperbole and … Continue reading

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Welcoming Your New Rector

[This past Sunday at our Parish Forum on the New Rector Transition, I spoke about the role of a rector in a parish and offered some of my own thoughts and experiences of what a priest goes through in making … Continue reading

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Of Mills and Mansions

During much of the last decade, I served as rector of a parish in Newport, Rhode Island.  Newport, which styles itself as “America’s First Resort,” was famously the summer home of “The Four Hundred” leaders of East Coast society at … Continue reading

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The Two Seas

At our mid-Summer baptism this past Sunday, I was struck by the looks of fascination on the faces of our parish children gathered at the foot of the font at the chancel steps.  They seemed especially enthralled by, of all … Continue reading

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Feeding Multitudes: How Are We Doing With That?

In the Fourth Century a nun from the west coast of Europe by the name of Egeria undertook a three-year pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  For three years she traveled around Palestine, observing the customs and practices of the Christian … Continue reading

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Summertime Reflections

“Summertime,” George Gershwin once famously wrote, “and the livin’ is easy.”  His words come from a different day and a different place.  They remind us of a time when much of everyday life simply closed down during the summer months … Continue reading

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