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Fr. Ron Pogue
Arlington, Texas
I am serving as Interim Dean at Saint John's Cathedral in Denver, Colorado.
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The Fourth Sunday of Easter is Good Shepherd Sunday every year. Our collect and readings remind us that in the Hebrew Scriptures and in the New Testament, the middle eastern shepherd is a metaphor for the divine nature. Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at e-piphanies
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Sunday's Gospel tells the story of two disciples on the road to a village called Emmaus on the day of Resurrection. Jesus joined them, but they did not recognize him until he broke bread with them. The story illustrates how when we gather for worship, we too will make profound discoveries. Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at e-piphanies
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Like so many Christian holy days, Easter seems to disappear the next day as life returns to "normal." But Easter should be more than that to us! It certainly was to those early disciples. Easter is more than a day! Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at e-piphanies
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Holy Week is a commemoration intended to put us in touch with that life which the world can neither give nor take away. Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at e-piphanies
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Woven into the complexity of our life is the "invincible divine purpose for good" and "the faithfulness of God who will not allow anything good to be lost." The death and resurrection of Christ bear witness to that truth and constitute the "seed event" of the new creation. From that "seed" springs forth fruit in the lives of those who follow him. Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at e-piphanies
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It should come as no surprise to anyone that worship attendance is declining in most mainline Churches and even in some evangelical mega churches. Given the fact that participation in corporate worship is almost universally regarded as of the utmost importance among Christians, this downward trend seems odd. What's wrong with this picture? Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at e-piphanies
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In addition to the political debate regarding President Trump’s executive order on immigration, there is also a theological debate. Treatment of immigrants and refugees are major themes of the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at e-piphanies
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Membership is About Belonging. Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at e-piphanies
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This will reach you during The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. This annual observance always begins on January 18, the Confession of St. Peter, and continues until January 25, the Conversion of St. Paul. Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2017 at e-piphanies
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What will the final candidates for Dean find when they visit Saint John's Cathedral? It is my hope that they will see the People of God in active pursuit of the Mission of God. I invite you to do your part in three specific initiatives that we launched at the end of last year. Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at e-piphanies
Savior of the nations, come; Virgin’s Son, here make Thy home! Marvel now, O heaven and earth, That the Lord chose such a birth. Wondrous birth! O wondrous Child Of the virgin undefiled! Though by all the world disowned, Still to be in heaven enthroned. Brightly doth Thy manger shine, Glorious is its light divine. Let not sin o’ercloud this light; Ever be our faith thus bright. Praise to God the Father sing, Praise to God the Son, our King, Praise to God the Spirit be Ever and eternally. ________________________________________ Words: Am­brose of Mi­lan, cir­ca 397 (Ve­ni Re­demp­tor gen­ti­um); trans­lat­ed... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2016 at e-piphanies
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It is a happy coincidence that the commemoration of St. Ambrose, the fourth century Bishop of Milan, occurs during the Advent season on December 7. I say that because one of the chief contributions of Bishop Ambrose was his defense of Athanasian (orthodox) Christianity against Arianism. Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2016 at e-piphanies
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Advent is a time of preparation. The messages of the Hebrew prophets and of John the Bapitzer tell us that repentance is a necessary element when we are preparing for God’s entrance into our lives. Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at e-piphanies
Our Thanksgiving Day service at Saint John's Cathedral will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 24. If you are in the vicinity, please join us. Come as you are, bring family, friends, or neighbors to this beautiful, inspiring place dedicated to the glory of our bountiful Creator. Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at e-piphanies
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For the past eight weeks, we have been engaged in a campaign to teach about stewardship. A key element in that campaign has been an appeal for members of the Cathedral community to make a pledge of financial support for 2017. Why? Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at e-piphanies
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Saint John’s Cathedral is now at a crossroads when Christian stewardship must have our full attention. Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2016 at e-piphanies
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To have a vocation is to be called by God to do something. All believers share a call to serve God and our neighbors as stewards of what God has provided to sustain and enrich creation. Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2016 at e-piphanies
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The more we contemplate the energetic work, cooperative nature, and fruitfulness of bees, the better we understand why others have seen in them an example of how Christians might work, pray, and give in unity. We can follow the example of the bees! Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2016 at e-piphanies
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The other name for the Episcopal Church is “The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society.” We're taught that each member of this Church is a missionary. What is the foundation, the basis for our work as missionaries? Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2016 at e-piphanies
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The chorus from W.H. Auden's Christmas Oratorio is on my mind today as I reflect upon my life and ministry and the people and places I have known Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at e-piphanies
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I saw some Cathedral members exercising faithful stewardship of their time by sitting with guests of Metro Caring, engaging in conversation, listening, and demonstrating genuine care. It was as if I were witnessing a living tableau of the scene described in the twenty-fifth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew. Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2016 at e-piphanies
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If you are trying to be a faithful steward of a time of transition in your life and the life of your household, your organization, your business, your political party, or the life of your faith community, I invite you to be persistent in prayer. Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2016 at e-piphanies
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Modern personnel practices in secular business settings emphasize the importance of performance appraisals. Some of that spills over into our perspective on our life as followers of Jesus Christ. That is not necessarily a good thing. Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2016 at e-piphanies
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I loved Sunday School when I was a child and they taught us to sing "Jesus Loves the Little Children." However, as a young adult, I realized that something was wrong. Jesus might love red, yellow, black, and white children but only the white ones were welcome in my church. Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2016 at e-piphanies
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Today is my first Sunday as Interim Dean at Saint John’s Cathedral. Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2016 at e-piphanies