Tag Archives: Episcopal Church


It’s the sixth anniversary of the mass murder of children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, and I have been asked to comment on the topic of shareholder advocacy in gun manufacturing, and it’s about breaking my heart. Continue reading

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The loser gospel

A sermon for the third Sunday after the Epiphany, and the first Sunday after the Inauguration of Donald Trump as POTUS and the worldwide Women’s March. A few years ago, driving home from another church, I saw a billboard advertising … Continue reading

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My Jairus moment

The “problem” with finishing a sermon on Friday night is that it leaves far too much room for reflection, inspiration, and downright interference by the Holy Spirit. Here is the version of the sermon I preached Saturday night at St … Continue reading

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Year B Proper 8: Jairus, Jesus, gay marriage, and grace

This is an updated and expanded version of a sermon that appeared in an earlier draft form, and replaces that post. A few short weeks ago, was Jairus among those religious leaders who thought Jesus mad, even demon-possessed, coming out … Continue reading

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Epiphany: A lightbulb moment. A parish church. A cake, a tradition. People going down to a snowy river in Russia to renew their baptismal promises in the freezing waters. The other Christmas. Magi, wise men, kings; gold, frankincense, myrrh; Herod … Continue reading

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Youth ministry

“I believe the children are our future …” Um, no. The children are here now. They are our present. If you have spent five minutes with a child, you know how present they are. They are all about the right … Continue reading

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A GOEs Prayer

My prayer for those (especially Jon, Adam, Lisa, Michael, Linda, Katherine, and Jennifer) taking GOEs (General OrdinationExaminations set by the General Board of Examining Chaplains of the Episcopal Church) this week: All-knowing God, Grant, I humbly beg you, to your servants … Continue reading

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