Holy Reverie Blog

Let's Get Together

Sharing our Calvary story with others is a passion of mine. You know that I regularly beat the drum of evangelism, encouraging you to invite your family and friends to join you at Calvary worship and other events. But telling our story goes far beyond our Memphis neighbors. As you read this, I will be in Denver at a national church conference where I will be leading a workshop on evangelism. The conference is for clergy and lay church leaders looking to learn new ideas and techniques to bring... Read More
Posted by Christopher Girata at Monday, February 22, 2016 | 1 comments
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A Poor Farm

My grandmother lived on a poor farm in north Louisiana. And by poor, I mean really poor. In my earliest memories there was not even running water or electricity. If you wanted a drink of water you had to go to the back porch and pump it yourself. Or ask a grownup to help you. As an adult I understand how hard it was to live that way, but to us kids it was a grand adventure. My brothers and I loved going there. To get to the farm you turned off the highway onto a country road, then off the... Read More
Posted by Christopher Girata at Tuesday, February 16, 2016 | 2 comments
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Fasting God's Way

In much of South America, Lent rolls in like a cooling cloud after a long weekend of extreme “let it all hang out heat.” Anyone who has been to Carnival in Rio (three times I went reluctantly) has a good idea of the point: for four days it’s do all you want, sin all you want, party, dance, parade, expose yourself all you want – because on Ash Wednesday it’s all over. And then it’s on the knees to ask God’s forgiveness for all that you did the previous few days and anything... Read More
Posted by Christopher Girata at Tuesday, February 9, 2016 | 1 comments
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We the People

As we prepare to enter the season of Lent, I have a confession to make. I’m a political junkie. Every four years, I spend far too many hours watching cable news, following all the ups and downs of the Presidential candidates leading up to the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary.    We have enjoyed a more thoughtful approach to politics over the last few Wednesday nights at Calvary by studying a new book by former U.S. Senator and Episcopal priest John Danforth. It... Read More
Posted by Christopher Girata at Tuesday, February 2, 2016 | 0 comments
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