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Bill Lewellis
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Live God's love. Tell what you have seen and heard
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A WORD OF THANKS newSpin, the newsletter August 10, 2018 – Bill Lewellis This newsletter began in 2006 in the information vacuum following the end of Diocesan Life, our diocesan newspaper of nearly 30 years, while I was on diocesan... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at DioBeth newSpin
newSpin, the newsletter June 14, 2018 – Bill Lewellis TopSpin • Update from Kevin Nichols, our bishop elect … O eternal God, who settest the solitary in families and fillest the hungry with good things, visit this home and family... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2018 at DioBeth newSpin
newSpin, the newsletter May 31, 2018 – Bill Lewellis Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and the Royal Wedding 1. The Sermon … Watch it. Read it. 2. Wholly Un-British, Amazing and Necessary … [Esquire] "We really did not expect to get... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2018 at DioBeth newSpin
Bill Lewellis [An op-ed published in The Morning Call, Sunday, May 27] http://enewspaper.mcall.com/html5/desktop/production/default.aspx?pnum=22&edid=edb06e18-d437-4ddb-88b8-68cb61b058b5 There is power in love," Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry preached at the recent royal wedding. He was quoting Martin Luther King Jr. "If humanity ever... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2018 at DioBeth newSpin
[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.... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2018 at DioBeth newSpin
[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... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2018 at DioBeth newSpin
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).... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2018 at DioBeth newSpin
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... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2018 at DioBeth newSpin
[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... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2018 at DioBeth newSpin
[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... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2018 at DioBeth newSpin
[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... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at DioBeth newSpin
[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... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at DioBeth newSpin
[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... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at DioBeth newSpin
[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... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at DioBeth newSpin
Living with integrity in the tension Bill Lewellis A one-sided conversation took place during the late 1960s when what was to become for me a 40-year ministry on the staffs of three bishops in two denominations. Too soon was it... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2018 at DioBeth newSpin
[A slightly edited sermon preached at Diocesan House by Bill Lewellis, Oct. 31, 2013, Vigil of All Saints] From several of my classmates and friends and professors in Rome during the early 60s, I gained a love of good theology.... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2018 at DioBeth newSpin
KEEP THINKING – IT'S SO RELIGIOUS … [A slightly edited version of a 2005 column by Bill Lewellis, published in The Morning Call] A conclusion, according to Mark Twain, is the place where someone got tired of thinking. God wants... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2018 at DioBeth newSpin
newSpin, the newsletter May 3, 2018 – Bill Lewellis TopSpin • Diocese of Bethlehem elects Canon Kevin D. Nichols, 56, as its next bishop … Nichols, who is currently, chief operating officer and canon for mission resources in the Diocese... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2018 at DioBeth newSpin
Bill Lewellis In the Gospel according to John, just before John’s account of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus, there are five chapters — 13 through 17 — that make up an especially powerful read. Read the entire section... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2018 at DioBeth newSpin
By Bill Lewellis [A column published in The Morning Call, May 2003] My next to last step when preparing a sermon plays out on Saturday morning at a local diner where I browse through my notes while having breakfast and... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2018 at DioBeth newSpin
[A slightly edited 1987 column by Bill Lewellis, published in a daily newspaper] Our spiritual journey is a relationship. No two are the same. Still, a reasonable construct which draws on the experiences of many, including St. Paul and St.... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2018 at DioBeth newSpin
By Bill Lewellis In April 1999, Bishop Paul preached to the deacons and priests of the Diocese of Bethlehem at the Chrism Mass, the Eucharist wherein Holy Oils are blessed and ordination vows renewed. He spoke about how ordained ministry... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2018 at DioBeth newSpin
[Sermon by Bill Lewellis, Trinity Sunday, 2004 Clues to the most profound mysteries of life – who we are, why we are, where we are going, how we are meant to live – may be embedded in our DNA… that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2018 at DioBeth newSpin
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... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2018 at DioBeth newSpin
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... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2018 at DioBeth newSpin