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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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Gnaw on This: Easter Sunday

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 —Easter Sunday— with some notes and more “food for thought” on Easter morning as a funeral. A funeral for fear. Death has been defeated … it need not be feared again. And that means the possibilities for our lives are endless. Gnaw away!

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Lenten Meditations: Monday in Holy Week

A meditation for Monday in Holy Week by Mike Kinman, Rector of All Saints Church.

Mary brought a pound of costly ointment, pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus, wiping them with her hair. (John 12:3)

If there was ever a passage of scripture that should be read slowly, savoring each word, letting the images it evokes fully come to life … it is this one from the Gospel assigned to Monday in Holy Week.

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The Rector Reflects on Holy Week

“Grace transforms our failings full of dread into abundant, endless comfort … our failings full of shame into a noble, glorious rising … our dying full of sorrow into holy, blissful life. …. Just as our contrariness here on earth brings us pain, shame and sorrow, so grace brings us surpassing comfort, glory, and bliss in heaven … And that shall be a property of blessed love, that we shall know in God, which we might never have known without first experiencing woe.” – Julian of Norwich

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Gnaw On This: Palm Sunday

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 —Palm Sunday— with some notes and more “food for thought” on liberation from the expectations of others as we journey with Christ into the center of power. Gnaw away!

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