Machrina L. Blasdell

The Rev. Machrina Blasdell teaches religious studies online for Park University from the flexible locations allowed by a traveling laptop. She is enjoying the return to her hometown of Phoenix where she revels in growing roses and making anything chocolate.

Sermons and Bible Studies

Praying as Jesus Taught, Proper 12 (C) – 2013

July 28, 2013

How many of you know the Lord’s Prayer? By heart? There is the traditional language and cadence that we use in the Episcopal Church, which is so very familiar: “Our Father, who art in heaven.” And there is the contemporary language: “Our Father in heaven, holy be your name.” There is controversy over some fine […]

He Is Risen!, Easter Day (C) – 2013

March 31, 2013

He is risen! This is the proclamation for the day. This is the celebration that brings us here. This is the truth we know. A number of comics that appear in the newspaper around Easter time can be expected to touch on themes of Holy Week and Easter. A “Wizard of Id” strip from 2001 was […]

Questions Propel Our Faith Journey, Proper 7 (B) – 2012

June 24, 2012

Patrick Overton reflects in his poem “Faith”: “When you come to the edge of all the light you have And take the first step into the darkness of the unknown, You must believe one of two things will happen: There will be something solid for you to stand upon, or you will be taught how […]

Bread…, Proper 14 (B) – 2006

August 13, 2006

Cafe Beaujolais, a wonderful bakery on the northern California coast, makes a rich, dense bread they call Austrian Sunflower Bread, boasting different seeds and grains and yielding a golden loaf of complex texture and rich flavor. This is how it’s described in their materials: “Austrian Sunflower Bread, our healthiest loaf, is hearty and moist, keeps […]

Theologians Through the Ages…, Easter 5 (B) – 2006

May 14, 2006

Theologians through the ages have written about Christians’ penchant for a “milquetoast Jesus,” who is, in today’s parlance, something of a wimp. Dorothy Sayers, better known for her Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries than her essays, wrote in exasperation in her book The Greatest Drama Ever Staged: “We have very efficiently pared the claws of the […]

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