The Tumblr blog of The Rev'd Curtis Farr, including sermons, articles, and other interesting things related to living in and engaging the world in which mystery lies everywhere.

How to Criticize Israel Without Being Anti-Semitic


If you’ve spent any time discussing or reading about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, I guarantee you’ve heard some variation of this statement:

OMG, Jews think any criticism of Israel is anti-Semitic!

In the interests of this post, I’m going to assume that the people who express such…

Some helpful advice with good points to back it up. It’s very easy to say something you shouldn’t about an issue(s) like this that is so complicated and historic and delicate and…

Emergency appeal from the Diocese of... | Anglican Alliance

Staff at the Al-Ahli hospital, an Anglican ministry located in Gaza City, have maintained around-the-clock care since the beginning of the crisis. They are now calling for help to provide urgent medical services and critical care to those injured, displaced and traumatised in the conflict. Please see below for details on how you can support their work.  

Medical supplies, food aid, electrical generators and vital medical equipment are some of the most urgent needs to enable the hospital to continue providing essential care.  

Anonymous asked:
I have a question - I'm a new episcopalian, but have been a low church Protestant since birth, basically. I'm in love with someone who is not a Christian, and have struggled with whether or not a romantic relationship is unbiblical. As a priest, what are your thoughts on the matter? Even your personal opinion would mean a lot.

Short answer: your relationship is not unbiblical because your beloved is not a Christian.

Longer Answer: If I were in your position, I might ask myself whether or not we connect on a spiritual level. Do we respect each other’s beliefs and practices? Can we engage each other in conversation and even in some kind of spiritual practice such as prayer/meditation/etc.? Do we help each other to go deeper and be better?

I know many couples who come from very different religious backgrounds, including interfaith marriages. Sure, they’ve had to work at understanding each other on that level, but in that work is a tremendous opportunity for experiencing the kind of relationships we read of time and time again in the Bible.

Every human relationship is made up of two different people, and more important than finding someone like you is finding someone who will know and love you and who you will know and love in return.

It seems to me that a relationship’s fruitfulness depends more on how each person in the couple strives to love the other than it does on any religious or other affiliation.

Good luck to you both!

Nothing Separates Us


Pictured: That which separates us from the love of God.

“…neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rules, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39

Sometimes Paul gets it so right that there is absolutely nothing more one can say.

Click here to see a full list of the things that separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.

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Priest Receives Last?

From time to time I see the priest receiving communion last. Some clergy don’t just do this, but strongly advocate it: priests who receive first are apparently not doing it right; I am told that the priest receiving last is the way I should do it. Apparently, this is a sign of humility. And the irony is missed: “I, by receiving last, am more humble than you!”

Christendom: A Spiritual Stockholm Syndrome?

As a Christ-follower of Jewish origins (one not born within the culture of Christianity, but who came to the Church from the outside), I have always found the Church’s original attraction to the idea of Christendom (lit. Christen = Christianity + dom = kingdom: Christianity as a nation or Christian nationalism; fig. the use of power to achieve Christian unity by enforcing uniformity), and its pervasive residual nostalgia for it, intriguing.

God is “Dog” Spelled Backwards


God is “Dog” Spelled Backwards


My daughter tells me that when I’m not at home, our dog (whose name is Sunday) wanders around looking for me. She sniffs all the places where I can usually be found, like the dining room window seat, the kitchen, or the den. She wanders, restless, when she can’t find me. While Sunday loves pretty much anybody, she has clearly chosen me as her special person, which is likely less a reflection of my upstanding character and more due to the fact that I’m home the most and therefore most likely to feed her, give her treats, and throw the ball for her.

There is something powerful about being so wanted.There is something powerful about being sought after and searched for, the way Sunday searches for me…

…It is remarkable, therefore, to ponder that God seeks us out. God wants to connect with us. God tenaciously searches for us when we are far away. In Luke 15, Jesus tells three parables, of the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the prodigal son. In all three, Jesus portrays God as so desperate for connection with those he loves that finding them is the only concern, far more important than what they’ve done, even why they’ve become lost in the first place….

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Why Adults Need to Go to Camp


A Matter of Perspective

A Matter of Perspective

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Proper 11

When you step outside after the service to enjoy some lemonade, take notice of the front lawn. Little white clovers have sprung up all over the place. With so many seed-sowing and weeds and wheat parables in our Gospel lessons this summer, I got curious about this little white clovers and started doing some…

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