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April 19,2018•5:40 pm

newSpin, the newsletter April 19, 2018 – Bill Lewellis TopSpin • A Man Called Mark … A new biography of Bishop Mark Dyer, will be published on July 17. Dyer was bishop of Bethlehem from 1982 to 1995. [Church Publishing...

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Setting the Table, by Diana Butler Bass

April 19,2018•2:54 pm

While writing Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks, I reread Luke's account of Zacchaeus. Like many Christians, I knew the story from Sunday school -- the "wee little man" who climbed a tree to see Jesus. I thought of...

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See the Face, Hear the Voice

April 18,2018•4:20 pm

Bill Lewellis [This is a slightly edited version of a sermon I preached at Grace Allentown, April 17, 2005, John 10: 1-18] Amid the many wonderful images and stories the media featured after the April 2005 death of Pope John...

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See the Face, Hear the Voice

April 18,2018•1:29 pm

Bill Lewellis [This is a slightly edited version of a sermon I preached at Grace Allentown, April 17, 2005, John 10: 1-18] Amid the many wonderful images and stories the media featured after the April 2005 death of Pope John...

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newSpin 180405

April 6,2018•2:49 am

newSpin, the newsletter April 5, 2018 – Bill Lewellis TopSpin • Bishop Election Walkabouts, April 17-20 … The Rev. Canon Kevin D. Nichols, 56, chief operating officer and canon for mission resources in the Diocese of New Hampshire, and the...

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March 21,2018•9:12 pm

newSpin, the newsletter March 22, 2018 – Bill Lewellis TopSpin • Nationa Geographic confesses its own sins … [Poynter] “For Decades, Our Coverage Was Racist. To Rise Above Our Past, We Must Acknowledge It.” With that, National Geographic editor in...

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When someone comes to you and tells you your own story…

March 17,2018•2:59 pm

[I don't remember where I found this story, decades ago, It's a bit longer than many stories, but I think you won't regret reading it to the end and considering it in an open-ended way. For example, a good friend...

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March 10,2018•5:03 pm

newSpin, the newsletter March 8, 2018 – Bill Lewellis TopSpin • President Trump’s North Korea Gamble … [Nicholas Kristof, NYT, March 8] This is stunning: President Trump has accepted an invitation from Kim Jong-un for a summit. It’s also, I...

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Saved by Faith –– Created for Good Works

March 8,2018•9:57 pm

[A slightly edited excerpt from a 2006 homily, Lent 4B, by Bill Lewellis, Eph. 2:4-10] There was a time I thought faith and belief were simply two words for the same reality. I no longer think that. I have come...

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newSpin 180222

February 22,2018•10:45 pm

newSpin, the newsletter February 22, 2018 – Bill Lewellis TopSpin • Since Sandy Hook, more than 400 people have been shot in over 200 school shootings … [NYTimes, Feb. 15] When a gunman killed 20 first graders and six adults...

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