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Post by Joe Parrish » Mon Mar 21, 2016 6:33 pm

JIMMY AKIN'S BLOG BELOW IS PROBABLY ONLY A PART OF THE ACTUAL CRUCIFIXION STORY.
MY HYPOTHESIS IS THAT THE SOLAR ECLIPSE NOTED IN LUKE 23 WAS DUE TO A GIANT HEAVENLY BODY LIKE AN ASTEROID BETWEEN EARTH AND THE SUN WHICH IT ECLIPSED WHILE HEADING OUR WAY.
WHEN JESUS AS HE WAS DYING ON THE CROSS PRAYED, "FATHER FORGIVE THEM FOR THEY DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING", HIS HEAVENLY FATHER ANSWERED HIS PRAYER BY RELENTING ON THE COMPLETE DESTRUCTION OF EARTH AND DIVERTING THE IMPENDING DISASTROUS IMPACT.
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Post by Joe Parrish » Thu Mar 24, 2016 1:30 am

Palms and reeds for Palm Sunday
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Post by Joe Parrish » Thu Mar 24, 2016 3:54 pm

Easter messages from 2 US Bishops, Diocese of Newark, New Jersey, and the Presiding Bishop:





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Post by Joe Parrish » Thu Mar 24, 2016 4:12 pm

Here is the Easter 2016 sermon by US ELCA Lutheran Presiding Bishop, Elizabeth Eaton:



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Post by Joe Parrish » Sat Mar 26, 2016 3:13 pm

http://tinyurl.com/j8a9g87 is a reflection for Easter (C) based on John 20:1-18, "Tell the whole story".
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Post by Joe Parrish » Sun Apr 03, 2016 12:31 am

http://tinyurl.com/hr7g5j2 is a draft of a reflection for 2 Easter (C) based on John 20:19-31, "Elated, deflated, inflated, related".
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Post by Joe Parrish » Fri Apr 15, 2016 9:10 pm

Joe Parrish wrote:World religions through their scriptures - course at Harvard Divinity School beginning April 5, 2016

Here is a synopsis of the current session:

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Post by Joe Parrish » Sat Apr 16, 2016 5:08 am

http://tinyurl.com/zg8jh5a is a draft of a reflection based on John 10:22-30, “Savior, like a shepherd lead us”.
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Post by Joe Parrish » Fri Apr 29, 2016 5:56 pm

PS--Here is the the video of my sermon for 4 Easter (C): http://www.saintmarysbythesea.org/sermon_72pxl.htm
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Post by Joe Parrish » Sat Apr 30, 2016 9:30 pm

10 year old blind autistic boy sings Holy, Holy, Holy

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Post by Joe Parrish » Sun May 01, 2016 3:26 am

http://tinyurl.com/hn3e4ze is a draft of a reflection based on John 14:23-29, "Being reminded".
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Post by Joe Parrish » Fri May 06, 2016 4:34 pm

Here is a new pop hit Christian song traveling around the US since last July, The River, by Jordan Feliz:



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Post by Joe Parrish » Sun May 08, 2016 5:38 am

http://tinyurl.com/grnllxh is a reflection based on John 17:20-26, "An unanswered prayer".
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Post by Joe Parrish » Mon May 09, 2016 8:22 pm

Here is a picture of the ladder that breaks God's heart, symboling the disunity of the church:

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http://tinyurl.com/grnllxh is the referenced reflection about it.
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Post by Joe Parrish » Mon May 09, 2016 8:32 pm

4 Steps to Reignite Your Prayer Life

Deepening your communication with God is a marathon, not a sprint. Prayer isn't easy. It can be hard to tune out the noisy world, the seemingly constant activity and the competition for your attention. How can you find the quiet time needed for focused prayer? Angela Reed, an associate professor of theology at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, has four simple steps to help you grow in the habit of prayer.

Four steps to reignite your prayer life:

1. Read Scripture prayerfully by focusing on "formation" rather than "information."
"Most Christians are comfortable with prayer and with reading Scripture, but we don't often consider how to meditate on Scripture or to wait and listen for God's invitation," Reed said. "In the process that follows, we set aside the natural focus on looking for information and simply open to God's formational calling."

Read a brief biblical passage several times (a few verses from the Psalms or the Gospels often work well). Consider these questions/comments in silence between the readings, pausing for a few minutes each time:
Is there a word or phrase that rises to the surface? (pause)
How does this passage seem to touch you today, perhaps in what you see, hear, feel or sense? (pause)
What might God be calling you to be or to do in light of this passage? (pause)
Respond to God in prayer.

2. Reflect on the events of the day by asking how God seems to be most present and active to you.
"The Spirit of God continues to be our comfort and guide through the joys and challenges of everyday life, but we do not always pay attention to how God may be attempting to communicate with us," Reed said.

One way of listening for God is to ask two simple questions at the end of the day:
Where did I most notice God today?
Where did I least notice God today?
"These questions are based upon Ignatius of Loyola's notion of consolation and desolation," Reed said. "Through the course of a day, we may see signs of God's goodness in many people and circumstances. We may also become aware of ways in which the world does not reflect the goodness of God. After reflecting on the questions, respond to God in prayer, perhaps with thanksgiving, confession and intercession. This prayer practice can be especially meaningful for families. Small children may want to talk about what they were most and least thankful for."

3. Try out a simple form of prayer that allows for deepening reflection through repetition.
Reed said that one ancient prayer dating back to the early church--often referred to as "the Jesus Prayer"--is repeated several times in a row with slow, even breaths as a way of focusing on Christ's role as Lord in our lives, our repentance and God's mercy.

The Jesus Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

"It can be shortened or altered as needed," Reed said. "We can pray these words while driving, exercising, making dinner or just about any other kind of activity. It can be especially helpful when we feel frustrated or angry with someone. The prayer reminds us that we are all in need of God's mercy."

4. Explore the possibility of shaping the activities of the day around prayer, rather than the other way around.
"Early Christians continued the Jewish practice of reciting prayers rooted in Scripture at certain hours of the day and night," Reed said. "The practice has continued to this day and is often called 'praying the hours' or 'the daily office,' and it allows us to pause for prayer at natural points in our daily routines knowing that other believers around the world are praying with us in the same manner."

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Post by Joe Parrish » Mon May 09, 2016 8:46 pm

How Prayer Leads to Forgiveness in Relationships

Fact: We all commit hurtful acts, violate trust and hope for forgiveness.

Fact: Nine out of 10 Americans say they pray, at least on occasion.

Florida State University psychologist Nathaniel Lambert put these two facts together and came up with a theory: Why not take all that prayer and direct it at the people who have wronged us? Is it possible that directed prayer might spark forgiveness in those doing the praying and in the process preserve relationships?

Study No. 1: A group of men and women prayed a single prayer for their romantic partner's well being. Others, who served as the experimental controls, simply described their partner, speaking into a tape recorder. The researchers then measured forgiveness, defining it as the diminishing of the initial negative feelings that arise when you've been wronged. Their results showed that those who had prayed for their partner harbored fewer vengeful thoughts and emotions. That is, they were more ready to forgive and move on.

If a single prayer can cause such a striking difference in feelings, then what could prayer over a period of time do for a relationship? The team embarked on a second study to find out.

Study No. 2: The researchers asked a group of men and women to pray for a close friend every day for four weeks. Others simply reflected on the relationship, thinking positive thoughts but not praying for their friend's well-being. The researchers also added another dimension. They used a scale to measure selfless concern for others--not any particular person, but rather other people in general. They speculated that prayer would increase selfless concern, which in turn would boost forgiveness. And that's just what happened.

How does prayer exert its healing effects? The psychologists have an idea: Most of the time, couples profess and believe in shared goals, but when they hit a rough patch, they often switch to adversarial goals, including retribution and resentment. These adversarial goals shift cognitive focus to the self, and it can be tough to shake that self-focus. Prayer appears to shift attention from the self back to others, which allows the resentments to fade.

The study findings were published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

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Post by Joe Parrish » Mon May 09, 2016 8:53 pm

Is THIS the Secret of Real Happiness?
If you want to be happy, then get religion.

Joining and actively participating in a religious group can do more for someone's "sustained happiness" than other forms of social participation, such as volunteering, playing sports or taking a class, according to a study from the London School of Economics and Erasmus University Medical Center in the Netherlands.

"The church appears to play a very important social role in keeping depression at bay and also as a coping mechanism during periods of illness in later life," said study author Mauricio Avendano, an epidemiologist at LSE.

Here's the caveat: Even the researchers admit they are not clear whether this benefit is about religion per se, that is having faith, or whether it is more about a sense of belonging and being part of a caring community.

The study: The British and Dutch research team analyzed data on 9,000 Europeans, all of whom were older than 50, to determine which of four activities provided sustained happiness:
1. Volunteering or working with a charity
2. Taking educational classes
3. Participating in religious organizations
4. Participating in a political or community organization

The results:
Participating in a religious organization was the only social activity that provided sustained happiness.
Joining political or community organizations lost their benefits over time. In addition, the short-term benefits from those social connections often lead to depressive symptoms later on.
Although healthier people are more likely to volunteer, there was no evidence that volunteering led to better mental health and could even induce stress.

The study findings were reported in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

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Post by Joe Parrish » Thu May 12, 2016 5:47 pm

Jesus' last days in the desert - film trailer

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Post by Joe Parrish » Thu May 12, 2016 8:56 pm

Brian Johnson’s song “One Thing Remains” was awarded #1 song for ASCAP Christian Music as well as the 2013 #1 radio single in the US, from Bethel Church in Redding, California:



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Post by Joe Parrish » Sat May 14, 2016 11:09 pm

http://tinyurl.com/jm5ptbk is a draft of a reflection for Pentecost (C) based on John 14:8-17,(25-27), “Where is the Holy Spirit?”
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Post by Joe Parrish » Tue May 17, 2016 3:22 pm

10 Words College Students Should Know
Educated men and women have more than a diploma to show for their efforts. They also have an expanded vocabulary.

Grammarly.com has helpfully published a list of words that every college student (and graduate) should know. Do you?

10 words every college student should know:

1. Corroborate
To corroborate is to confirm or make more certain.

2. Disparate
Disparate things are distinctly dissimilar.

3. Extrapolate
Extrapolate means to infer something from the information that you have.

4. Laconic
Laconic is an adjective that describes the quality of relating much in few words.

5. Pedantic
Pedantic teachers are overly concerned with small details or formalism. Outside of teaching, it can refer to anyone who is ostentatious about their own knowledge.

6. Pragmatic
The term pragmatic has several definitions that relate to considering the practical aspects of matters. A philosophical movement, pragmatism, uses the practical consequences of a belief as the basis for determining truth and value.

7. Quintessential
Quintessential is an adjective that describes a perfect embodiment or pure essence of something.

8. Salient
Salient characteristics are prominent or conspicuous.

9. Spurious
Spurious things are not genuine or authentic. In biology, the term is used to describe things that have similar appearances but different structures.

10. Syntax
Syntax, in general, means a system or orderly arrangement. For example, in linguistics, syntax refers to the rules that organize sentences.

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Post by Joe Parrish » Thu May 19, 2016 5:41 pm

Go to Church? You May Live a Lot Longer
Regular attendance at religious services could have an added benefit: a longer life. That's the word from Harvard researchers, who found that women who went to church at least twice a week were 33 percent less like to die over the 20-year study period, compared with those who never attended, reports HealthDay News.

Is this due to the power of religious belief? Probably not. Instead, it's the benefits that come with being part of a community of faith and the communal practice of worship, says study leader Tyler VanderWeele, a professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston.

The study: Drawing data from the Nurses' Health Study, which began in 1976 and includes 75,000 U.S. women, the Harvard team studied women between the ages of 30 and 55 years, focusing on their lifestyle, health and religious practices between 1992 and 2012. All the women were white and either Roman Catholic or Protestant. During the 20-year study period, more than 13,500 women died.
The data were adjusted to account for diet, physical activity routines, drinking and smoking history, weight, depression, social life and race.

The results:
• Women who attended worship at least once a week had a 27 percent lower risk of dying from heart disease and a 21 percent lower risk of dying from cancer, compared with those who never attended.
• Overall, the risk for dying dropped by 26 percent for those who attended worship weekly, while those who went less frequently saw their risk drop by 13 percent, compared with those who never attended.
• Meanwhile, women who attended church more than once a week had a 33 percent lower risk of death, compared with those who never attended.
• In addition, those who regularly attended religious services had fewer symptoms of depression and were far less likely to smoke.
Why does church attendance make a difference? The longevity benefit is probably due to a boost in social support and a heightened sense of self-discipline, combined with a lower risk for depression.

Interestingly, private religious practices and a sense of spiritual identity offer no discernable health benefits. "These things may of course still be important and meaningful within the context of religious life, but they do not appear to affect health as strongly," VanderWeele told HealthDay News. The results from our study suggest that there may be something important about religious service attendance beyond solitary spirituality."

One caveat: The research showed an association between regular attendance at worship services and longevity, not a cause-and-effect relationship.

The study findings were published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Post by Joe Parrish » Sat May 21, 2016 6:29 am

http://tinyurl.com/gqsgxmn is a draft of a reflection for Trinity Sunday based on John 16:12-15, “The Theology of Physics and the Physics of Theology”.
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Post by Joe Parrish » Mon May 23, 2016 4:35 pm

http://tinyurl.com/hrg2yaq is my blog post about new leaders in the Episcopal Church and how to create, http://www.sjnj.org via @Joeichurch
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Post by Joe Parrish » Mon May 23, 2016 7:01 pm

http://tinyurl.com/gqsgxmn has an amended midsection for my reflection about the Holy Trinity.

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