Tag Archives: grace

Envy is the enemy of the gospel

A sermon for Sunday, September 26 at the Church of the Epiphany, Euclid. In the readings, disciples of Moses and Jesus object to unauthorized deployment of the Spirit. In the news, images of border patrols chasing immigrants with horses, and … Continue reading

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Ash Wednesday: grace is not in vain

Lent is a good discipline for me. The soul-searching, the self-denial, the study of God’s grace is something that I need constantly if I am to recognize the enormity, the ridiculous span and spread of God’s mercy.

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One in a hundred

The perfect thing about a parable is that it is not a fixed allegory, where this means that. It is not a code to be broken, but an invitation to find ourselves in the lifelong story of God’s relationship with the sheep of His pasture, the people of God’s hand. Continue reading

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Year C Easter 5: “Make no distinction between them and us”

Acts 11: 12 “The Spirit told me to go with them and not to make a distinction between them and us.” – Peter has a vision of eating foreign food, and is called thereby to recognise the grace of God … Continue reading

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Failing Grace

The dark wood, its grain barely illuminated by the stained-glass shafts, invites introspection, the fear of failing, flailing: “Wait! I am not ready,” but it consumed me anyway, half-baked.

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Be perfect: a Lenten discipline

This morning’s post was written as a contribution to a collection of daily Lenten reflections by thirty members of clergy of the Diocese of Ohio. The Rev Gayle Catinella, Rector of St Thomas, Berea, solicited, organized and produced the reflections, … Continue reading

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Year B Proper 12 – Mission Elyria

A homily for the Saturday Eucharist at the end of Mission Week Elyria Tomorrow, our mission youth will give the sermon at Sunday’s service. They will talk about the loaves and the fishes, about making do with what they had … Continue reading

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Blessed are the pure in heart

From this morning’s Daily Office readings: Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. I like that. I would like to see God. I would like to see God more clearly. I would like to be able … Continue reading

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Christ the King: Year A Proper 29

This sermon was delivered at St Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Elyria, Ohio, November 20th 2011.  On this last Sunday before Advent, as the church prepares itself for the winter waiting, looking for the light of the world in the darkness of … Continue reading

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Grace, mystery food (and kangaroos)

A sermon preached at St Paul’s Episcopal Church, Norwalk, September 25, 2011. Year A, Proper 20. Exodus 16:2-15; Philippians 1:21-30; Matthew 20:1-16 There is a story told – which may or may not be true – that when Captain Cook … Continue reading

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