Monthly Archives: September 2012

Breathless

It isn’t as though there is not enough air to go around. Even the sci-fi movies – the ones I’ve seen- have yet to pit the black-hatted baddies against the white-toothed heroes over the last supply of oxygen for the … Continue reading

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Year B Proper 19: Who do you say that I am?

My final sermon at St Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Elyria, Ohio, September 16th 2012. I love this parish, these people. I am so grateful for the opportunity to have served them and to have prayed with them and to have worshipped … Continue reading

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Who do you say that I am?

free speaker, freedom fighter, freak, felon, rabble rouser, innocent, manipulator, incarnation, martyr-maker, messianic prophet, faker, visionary, revisionist preacher, pacifist, agitator, egocentric, faithful saviour, Son of God, Son of Man, who do you say I am?

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Fair linen

I heard Anne Lamott at a writer’s showcase a while ago, and she said that if we writerly types do not write down right away our ideas, the ones that strike at inopportune moments, then God gives them to her, … Continue reading

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Remembering

The war had been over for nearly a quarter of a century by the time I was born with open eyes. Still, the images were somehow seared into my memory: the row houses with their teeth knocked out by the … Continue reading

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Year B Proper 18: the cynical God?

On Saturday night, I suggested that Jesus was sounding a bit cynical last week, you know, about the whole hypocrisy thing over the whole handwashing thing, and the whole dirty defiled human heart thing … This week, he could be … Continue reading

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Did Jesus get it wrong?

That’s the question that preachers often wrestle with when this story comes up. The story of the Syro-Phoenician woman, which should be called the story of the mother; because it is not for herself that this woman challenges and begs … Continue reading

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