Author Archives: Rev. Bill Haley

Thoughts from the Dying for a New Year

The dying have a lot to teach the living. I’ve often mentioned that I’ve come to discover the deepest truths about life, God, and the spiritual life from the lives and insights of those who have suffered much, and those … more »

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Vocation is Mission: Truth and Discernment

The following address was first given at Christ Church Arlington on October 17, 2012, audio link below. Welcome everyone, I’m so glad to be together. What I love about a group this size is that, it’s small enough for us … more »

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Vocation is Mission: Hearing God

The following address was first given at Christ Church Arlington on September 19, 2012, audio link below.   So last year The Washington Institute did this same sort of fall lecture series.  The longer name is The Washington Institute for … more »

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Labor Day – A Time for Reflection…

The following introductory excerpt is from The Washington Post article, “Labor Day a time for reflection on the value and spiritual meaning of work” by Rev. Bill Haley. Since Labor Day first became a federal holiday in 1894, the first Monday of … more »

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Delicious Sabbath: From Obligation to Invitation

My family, all six of us–Tara, Liam, Iona, Karis, Maira, and me–just returned from vacation.  Whether you’ve already had yours or the last weeks of August still hold its’ promise, I hope you have or will experience what we did … more »

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The Hope For Creation

As we celebrate New Creation in the light of Easter, we recognize that God’s redemptive and restorative work is not only at work in our lives and communities, but also within the the whole created world.  Christians have often held … more »

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Twisted Work (and Untwisting It!)

There’s no doubt about it, Americans work hard, or at least a lot. An extensive study from 2010 exploring the impact of our work habits on family life spells it out in exhaustive and documented detail.   The study, sponsored by … more »

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Reflecting the Glory in Lent

A couple of nights ago, at bedtime, my son Liam distilled the essence of discipleship into a single observation. He’s eight years old. And the way he put it essentially captured the soaring vision of life-lived-now-in-Christ laid out in NT … more »

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By the Light of the Moon

A couple of years ago, we moved from the inner-city of Washington to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. There are at least two things I haven’t gotten used to yet, and hope I never will. Both are arresting. Both can … more »

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On Quiet and Corhaven

In a recent New York Times opinion article entitle “The Joy of Quiet”, the well-known author Pico Iyer reflected on one of the deep ironies of our 3G, wi-fi, smart-phone, text-messaging uber-connected age. It is that within the rise of … more »

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