Holy Reverie Blog

Don't forget the potatoes

It was an Episcopal bishop—who also happens to be a woman—who convinced me to pursue ordination in The Episcopal Church. I had been ordained as a Baptist pastor years before and was serving as a hospice chaplain when I met the Rt. Rev. Chilton Knudsen, Bishop of Maine, now retired. Chilton did not try to persuade me with assurances of doors magically opening or prop me up with expectations that I could accomplish important things. She said, simply, "The Church needs what you have to offer."... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Wednesday, January 28, 2015 | 1 comments
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Angels in Disguise

I believe in angels. Not the Hallmark kind who look like they never lift a finger and smile demurely all the time. But working angels who swoop down in a blaze of light to deliver some astonishing message. Angels who invite, challenge, warn, and chide. Angels can comfort too, of course, and sometimes they can save our lives. One of my favorite angel stories from the Bible comes at the end of Matthew’s account of the Temptation of Jesus. You will remember that following his baptism in the Jordan... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Wednesday, January 21, 2015 | 1 comments
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Do not be afraid

Last week, we woke up to the news that gunmen had stormed the offices of a Paris newspaper and killed a dozen journalists. Over the next few days, five more innocents around Paris were killed in continued attacks. It was a scary scene unfolding before our eyes over many days. As immediate questions began to be answered, some larger questions were left open-ended, not least of which: what can we do?    The attacks in Paris focused on the issue of free... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Wednesday, January 14, 2015 | 0 comments
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I recently flew from Memphis to Atlanta on my way to Durham. I don’t like to fly if I can help it, but this flight was necessary because I didn’t have enough time to make the drive. This flight was particularly interesting because I experienced a first: just before we began boarding, the pilot came to the desk at the gate, got on the microphone, and proceeded to tell us that the flight was going to be particularly rough. I’ve never seen a pilot speak to passengers in the gate,... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Wednesday, January 7, 2015 | 0 comments
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