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Carl Buffington

Carl Buffington

Carl Buffington is a bishop in Anglican Mission International (AMI). He has been in ministry for over forty years. He lives in Florida with his wife Barb and their lively golden retriever, Sammy.

Why the Scars? Part 1

January 19th, 2021 by Carl Buffington

Running out of chores, I tackled my “blessing drawer.”

Daymares

January 13th, 2021 by Carl Buffington

I don’t recall the dreams, I don’t think they were “nightmares,” but when I awoke I was assaulted with, well, “Daymares.”  Daymares of reality.

Why Didn't You Tell Me? Lessons From Pelicans

January 6th, 2021 by Carl Buffington

For the past 5 years, Barbara and I have made it our gift to each other to go to a beach a few days after Christmas.

So, it’s a sunny and seventy-five degree New Year’s Day 2021. We’re mostly shaded by our umbrella. Barb’s caught up in a murder mystery and I’m watching the pelicans fish.

I’m also reading a book, it so happens, on fishing. It’s about fishing for folks like Jesus called his disciples to do.

God's Love Alive

December 30th, 2020 by Carl Buffington

Agape and Eros are two of the three key Greek words for love, (the third being Philia), and is the title of a book by Anders Nygren that used to be on my shelf in my dorm room in West Philadelphia - the city of brotherly love.  My last year at seminary I dove into the passage from John 21 that many consider the greatest dialogue in scripture.  That is the 7 exchanges between Peter and Jesus, vs 15-22.

Blessed Mess: A Shopping Experience

December 23rd, 2020 by Carl Buffington

Christmas shopping is when you go to a shopping center and become a moving target for hundreds of half-crazed and half-blind drivers – drivers who know no fear and would challenge a Sherman tank for a parking place.

It’s where you go to cash in on all the non-bargains Madison Avenue has prepared for you to purchase. It’s tiring and draining on me, Christmas shopping.

Joy Rises Out of Assurance

December 17th, 2020 by Carl Buffington

“Why did you go into the ministry?”  the rector’s wife asked me at dinner.  My response surprised me.  I mean, when asked in the past, I would say something like, “God was pushing me,” or “God was working behind the scenes.”  In other words, I hadn’t sense a ‘call’ or that I was being led.  I had been surprised to findmyself going in this direction.

An Un-Understandable Peace

December 10th, 2020 by Carl Buffington

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By far the best eulogy I’ve heard to date, was given to a packed house at Truro Church in Fairfax, VA, by one of three sons of a priest friend of mine.  He had an oft repeated line that gave focus and rhythm to his words:

What Lies Ahead?

December 3rd, 2020 by Carl Buffington

As you look at what lies ahead:

Along the Way pt.2

October 19th, 2018 by Carl Buffington

Along the Way
 
"All the way to heaven is heaven, because He said I am the Way" St. Catharine
 

Barbara and I plan to hike the last part of the Camino de Santiago next September. It's a pilgrimage beginning in the Pyrenees and concluding in Spain following the way of St. James the apostle.

There's a fun movie about it, The Way, with Martin Sheen. As the story goes, his son is killed at the outset of the Camino. Martin decides to make the hike himself, dispersing his son's ashes along the way.

Along the Way

October 12th, 2018 by Carl Buffington

Along the Way
 

(Referencing Mark 10:17-31**)

"As he was setting out..." someone, who perhaps grasps and then gasps -- 'He's leaving, this is my last chance to ask him' -- approaches him, respectfully, honestly, humbly, sincerely.
 
"What must I do to inherit eternal life?"
 
Please.
 
Tell me.

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