May 27, 2020

I’ll start by setting the record straight: my message today riffs off another sermon. Sally and I worshipped with St Andrews Anglican Church in Gambrills, MD, on Sunday, and Rector TJ Thigpen delivered a powerful message based on 1 Peter 4:12-18. It is a message we all need to consider. Therefore, I’m riding TJ’s coattails, recapitulating some...

May 20, 2020

Israel’s calling as God’s people in the world was tied directly to the land of Palestine. That physical land was the center of God’s Kingdom in the world where distinct elements of his plan for redemption and blessing converged...

May 14, 2020

We who serve the people and mission of the Diocese of Christ our Hope think and talk about hope often. Scriptures that mention hope get our attention. As we entered this pandemic, we shifted the title of our newsletter from AnchorLines to Hope in Times of Pestilence. Why? We want the people of our Diocese to understand the substance...

May 6, 2020

In the past two weeks, the COVID-19 conversation has turned to “reopening for business.” We are lurching and stuttering toward a return to normal. State governments are processing out loud, reading daily status reports, and unveiling a broad range of shifting possibilities for reopening. Reflective of the current state of our union...

April 30, 2020

During the coronavirus pandemic, I have been reading through the Daily Old Testament Lectionary readings from Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers. It’s been a rich journey, shaping my thoughts, prayers, and teaching more than I expected. Last Sunday I preached on Luke 24:13-35, the Road to Emmaus...

April 23, 2020

Each week, as I sit down to write a new “Words of Hope” I open last week’s letter, change the number and date on the header, and save the new document in my file. Changing the number of the week at the top – Week 1, Week 2, Week 3 – is like a bell’s deep toll sounding the passing of time. It’s inescapable: we are six weeks into a changed way of life...


Encouragement from the Scriptures 


Creative Ministry from Around the Diocese



The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every facet of Christian faith and practice. Livestreamed services, consistent tithing, socially-distanced Eucharist, and proper sanctuary sanitation dominate church staff meetings. Every decision is made in light of what the situation will look like in the next hour, let alone the next week, the next month, or in the fall. Even 12 weeks into this new reality, deep, often difficult questions abound for people of faith.


Beginning next week, a team of clergy and laity from around the Diocese will tackle some of those questions in a series of short essays and responses.


First, "Is COVID-19 a judgment from God?" 

With responses from:

  • Rev. Tommy Hinson

  • Tamara Murphy

  • Sally Breedlove

  • Bishop Steve Breedlove

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Please contact Robert Hocutt with more creative ways your churches are ministering in your communities!




Resources for Christian Living 

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