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Oscar Romero

May 23,2018•9:05 pm

[Except for four new paragraphs at the beginning, this is a slightly revised excerpt from a sermon preached by Bill Lewellis in 2010.] Almost a year before I left the Roman Catholic Church, Oscar Romero became one of my heroes....

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Trinity – A Glimpse into the Mystery of God

May 22,2018•11:21 pm

[A slightly revised excerpt from a 2001 sermon preached by Bill Lewellis on Trinity Sunday] Religion is about relationship because that is what God is about. God is three-in-one, being-in-relationship, being-in-community. That is what we celebrate on Trinity Sunday. The...

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Less Clouded By Irrelevance

May 20,2018•1:58 pm

Bill Lewellis The Morning Call, May 20, 2018 http://www.mcall.com/features/religion/mc-fea-faith-and-values-lewellis-20180520-story.html A spiritual journey is a relationship. It’s a metaphor. No two journeys are the same. No authentic journey begins before God somehow speaks. "In the beginning was the Word..." (John 1:1)....

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newSpin 180517

May 17,2018•8:08 pm

newSpin, the newsletter May 17, 2018 – Bill Lewellis TopSpin • Bishop Sean's ministry could expand to Western New York … [Times-News staff, May 7] he Episcopal Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania and the Diocese of Western New York could begin...

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Jesus is a troublesome figure

May 16,2018•12:48 pm

[A 2001 published column by Bill Lewellis] Midway through The Brothers Karamazov, (New York: The Modern Library, pp. 259-266), Dostoevsky deals insight-fully with the temptations Jesus rejected, temptations to carry out his mission by manipulation. He inserts in his novel...

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Oh the Places You Can Go With Metaphors

May 15,2018•7:40 pm

[A slightly edited excerpt from a 2006 sermon preached by Bill Lewellis] The word, “abide,” occurs eight times in a short passage from the Gospel according to John [John 15:1-8] and another six times in a short passage from the...

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Life within the swirl — pointlessly purposeful

May 14,2018•6:01 pm

[A column by Bill Lewellis, published in 1997] Preachers over the years have moved from the classic “three-point” sermon to one memorable point. Television has, indeed, affected our attention span. Recently, however, I heard sermon-resource guru Leonard Sweet suggest that...

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What are your defining moments?

May 14,2018•5:33 pm

[A slightly edited version of a column by Bill Lewellis, published in 1998] A three-story perspective casts a little light for me on God’s continuing visitations in our lives. The first story is the conversion of St. Paul. During the...

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FAITH, FEAR AND CERTAINTY

May 14,2018•4:56 pm

[A slightly edited version of a 2003 column by Bill Lewellis, published in The Morning Call] When the religious "certains" have been many, they have harassed, persecuted, even killed the few. When the "certains" are few, they simply bore others...

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'ISN'T THIS A GOOD THING WE ARE DOING?'

May 14,2018•4:47 pm

[A 1987 column by Bill Lewellis published in a local daily newspaper] Some ten to fifteen years ago I heard a wonderful story about that awful distinction described by someone who said "ministers minister and congregations congregate." I'd like to...

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