“Take Courage” – An Advent Reflection

Matthew 14:27 But Jesus spoke to them at once. "Don't be afraid," he said. "Take courage. I am here!" A wise spiritual director once told me, "Tension and discomfort are usually signs that change in your life is imminent." I think she was right. The end of the year always seems to bring "change" into the forefront …

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“Integrity” A Civil Air Patrol Core Value

by Ch. Maj. Eric Cooter, CAP Group 5 Chaplain/Unit Chaplain Merriam Webster Dictionary defines “Integrity” both as “the quality of being honest and fair,” as well as “the state of being complete or whole.”  When most of us think of integrity, the characteristics of honesty and fairness usually come to mind.  However, a life of honesty …

Articles – “Ministry Matters”

My articles published by Ministry Matters online magazine FRESH EXPRESSIONS: EVANGELISM FOR OUR CULTURE By Eric Cooter I grew up Methodist, became Baptist as a teen, wandered around the "religious cereal aisle" in my college years, and eventually in my mid-twenties, I found the ancient liturgy… read more 21ST CENTURY WELLS: CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY IN THE THIRD PLACE …

Encouragement for Experimenters, Innovators, and Risk Takers.

God equips each one of us for specific ministry. (I Cor. 12:12-27)  Some folks are uniquely and adequately equipped to serve as protectors of the tradition as it is, and others are gifted to experiment, innovate, and try new approaches. Others are gifted to stand in the middle holding both tradition and innovation in tension. We …

Space, Rockets, and Making Disciples

The other night at the weekly Civil Air Patrol meeting of my local USAF auxiliary squadron, I taught a class (as I sometimes do) on Aerospace Education for a group of about 20 cadets and 5 adult officers.  For this particular class, I offered a lesson on the history of four pioneers in the science of aerospace and rocketry. I …

“Fresh Expressions of Christian Community: Where the Spirit Blows.”

(July 7, 2012) In the Book of Common Prayer, we can find these words, “The mission of the Church is to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.” (BCP p. 855) It is interesting today, to observe how the Church wrestles with her mission in the world. There are some …

Millenials – Wrestling with Faith

I had the most amazing, humbling, and enlightening experience a few weeks ago.  I spent a few hours with a new group of Christians who gather not too far from where I live.  In a city in our diocese, a community of young adults have been gathering together for study, fellowship, and support for about a year …