Sermon, Sunday, August 3, 2014
The story of the feeding of five thousand is the only one of Jesus’s miracles that, with some variation, is recorded in all four Gospels. When we find the same story in more than one Gospel, it is like coming across one of those digital signs that is blinking and changing colors.
Sermon, Sunday, July 13, 2014
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1)
God is not angry with you. God is not out to get you. God does not have an angel with a bow and a quiver of arrows following us around ready to shoot us down the minute we slip up and fall...
Sermon, Sunday, July 6, 2014
“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent...
Sermon: Sunday, June 22, 2014
Over the course of the three most recent Sundays, we have celebrated a series of momentous events that define our faith and our common life together as Christians. Three weeks ago we celebrated the Son of God’s ascension to his Father in heaven.
Sermon: Sunday, June 1, 2014
On this Sunday after Ascension Day, our readings give us almost too much to think about in terms of our individual lives as Christians and our common life together as the body of Christ. So much so that there is far more here than anyone should expect to address in a...
Sermon: Sunday, May 18, 2014
Our gospel this morning is a portion of the words of Jesus to his disciples at the Last Supper. This is immediately after he explained how Peter would betray him. And after this passage is when the disciples are promised the Holy Spirit to be the comforter in Christ's absence.
Sermon: Sunday, May 4, 2014
In the Episcopal Church, we do not have a formal Confession of Faith like the Augsburg Confession of the Lutheran Church. Nor do we have an extensive body of doctrinal statements like the Roman Catholic Church. For us, the essential statement of our theology is the Book of Common Prayer.
Sermon: Theological Education Sunday, April 27, 2014
Exactly one year ago today, my family and I were driving up from Naples, Italy, where we were living, to spend a week with some friends at a rustic farmhouse in the Italian countryside of Le Marche. To everyone around us, it seemed as if our life could not get any better.
Sermon: Easter Day, April 20, 2014
Aside from preaching in our children's service, this is my first Easter sermon. So I prepared it with a sense of diligence, honor, and humility; mindful of a story a friend told me a couple of weeks ago:
It seems that one Easter a priest and a New York taxi driver both died and went to heaven....
Sermon: Sunday, April 13, 2014
The Palm Sunday liturgy is arguably the most important of the year because it situates us emotionally, bodily and verbally as receivers, observers, and responders to the words and actions of Jesus.
Sermon: Sunday, March 9, 2014
I believe the Gospel reading appointed for this morning, the temptation of Jesus in the desert, is perhaps the most sacred story in the Bible, and one that we must treat with a unique and special reverence.