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Gnaw on This: The Seventh Sunday of Easter

by Mike Kinman, Rector of All Saints Church, Pasadena

The Gospel isn’t meant to be gulped down on Sunday morning, but gnawed on through the week so it really becomes a part of us. You’ve got to work at it,
like a dog with a good bone! Here’s the Gospel for the Seventh Sunday of Easter… with some notes on unity vs. uniformity and wisdom from Jesus, the Book of Common Prayer and U2. Gnaw away!

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Gnaw On This: The Sixth Sunday of Easter

by Mike Kinman, Rector of All Saints Church, Pasadena

The gospel isn’t meant to be gulped down on Sunday morning, but gnawed on through the week so it really becomes a part of us. You’ve got to work at it, like a dog with a good bone! Here’s the Gospel for this coming Sunday —the Sixth Sunday of Easter— with food for thought on what we can learn from Jesus, Toy Story and The Big Lebowski about abiding in love. Gnaw away!

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An Announcement About Announcements

from Mike Kinman, Rector of All Saints Church

Our liturgy is a glorious dance, each step leading to the next. Because we are a church that embraces a multiplicity of cultures and races, it can be done as a salsa or a step-dance, krumping or a waltz. At our best, there is plenty of room for the Holy Spirit to move but there is also an intentionality, a swelling crescendo that leads to meeting at the Eucharistic table.

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Gnaw on This: Fifth Sunday of Easter

by Mike Kinman, Rector of All Saints Church, Pasadena

The gospel isn’t meant to be gulped down on Sunday morning, but gnawed on through the week so it really becomes a part of us. You’ve got to work at it, like a dog with a good bone! Here’s the Gospel for this coming Sunday —the Third Sunday of Easter— reminding us of the need to walk together, and listen for the voice of Christ. Gnaw away!

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A Tale of Two Prayer Breakfasts

This morning, I attended an interfaith breakfast for the National Day of Prayer where Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti quoted the prophet Isaiah:

The Lord rises to argue his case;
he stands to judge the peoples.
The Lord enters into judgement
with the elders and princes of his people:
It is you who have devoured the vineyard;
the spoil of the poor is in your houses.
What do you mean by crushing my people,
by grinding the face of the poor? says the Lord God of hosts. (Isaiah 3:13-15)

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Gnaw on This: Fourth Sunday of Easter

by Mike Kinman, Rector of All Saints Church, Pasadena

The gospel isn’t meant to be gulped down on Sunday morning, but gnawed on through the week so it really becomes a part of us. You’ve got to work at it, like a dog with a good bone! Here’s the Gospel for this coming Sunday —the Fourth Sunday of Easter— with reflections on sheep and shepherds … and on both the cost and promise of discipleship. Gnaw away!

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All Saints Church Applauds District Court Executive Order Stay

All Saints Church applauds the April 25 ruling by district court Judge William H. Orrick blocking implementation of the January executive order on immigration, which ordered the Department of Homeland Security and Justice Department to block cities who do not cooperate with federal immigration enforcement from receiving federal funds.

“As Christians, we believe the Gospel is what Howard Thurman called ‘a manual of resistance for the poor and disenfranchised among us,’” said the Reverend Mike Kinman, rector of All Saints Church.  “That is the heart of any movement of Sanctuary – provision of all that is necessary for equity and justice and protection from all that would wish to keep God’s children in chains.”

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Gnaw on This: Third Sunday of Easter

by Mike Kinman, Rector of All Saints Church, Pasadena

The gospel isn’t meant to be gulped down on Sunday morning, but gnawed on through the week so it really becomes a part of us. You’ve got to work at it, like a dog with a good bone! Here’s the Gospel for this coming Sunday —the Third Sunday of Easter— reminding us of the need to walk together, and listen for the voice of Christ  Gnaw away!

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Gnaw On This: Second Sunday of Easter

by Mike Kinman, Rector of All Saints Church, Pasadena

The gospel isn’t meant to be gulped down on Sunday morning, but gnawed on through the week so it really becomes a part of us. You’ve got to work at it, like a dog with a good bone! Here’s the Gospel for this coming Sunday —the Second Sunday of Easter— with some notes and more “food for thought” on the power of doubt as fuel for faith — and Jesus call for peace as a personal and communal call to action. Gnaw away!

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The Power of Touch: A Homily for Maundy Thursday

by Mike Kinman, Rector of All Saints Church, Pasadena

“During supper Jesus… got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet.”

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An Invitation to Sacred Resistance from the Rector

Thursday, April 13

On Maundy Thursday, soldiers met Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane to arrest him. He had become a threat to a state that oppressed the most vulnerable and ruled over them with fear. What was threatening about him was love. Love that refused to back down in the face of fear. Love that refused to back down in the face of militaristic oppression.

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