Be a Prophet for Our Times

August tends to be a month where people think about vacations, picnics and other really cool stuff. For people in ordained ministry though, June tends to be a month when many of us think about the nature of ministry because at least here in this Diocese and every diocese I know people tend to be…

A Holiday Trifecta: Mother’s Day, Hanukkah, & Easter

Yesterday, I went to the grocery store and could barely make it in the door because of the profusion of flower bouquets, potted plants, balloons, stuffed animals and chocolate covered strawberries that filled the front section of the store, waiting for those who wanted to celebrate their mothers to come and buy.  As I was…

What I Know For Sure

Jesus knew for sure that God’s coming into the world would break up the power of evil. What do you know for sure?

The Cornerstone Is What Counts

Come, Holy Spirit. Fill the hearts of your faithful people and kindle in them the fire of thy love. Send forth thy spirit and they shall be made new and thou shalt renew the face of the earth. Amen. One week ago, at 10 p.m. local time, bullets rained down on 22,000 people attending the…

We Are All Blind

We all have moments of blindness…and are invited to see the world with the eyes of God.

Speak the Language of God’s Love

Have you ever noticed the collect, the prayer that the officiant says before the scripture readings at each of our Sunday services? Each week it is different and it is thematically related to the readings that have been appointed for the day. These prayers are all encompassing and audacious. They are meant to “collect” the…

Lessons in Authority & Healing

I started my weekend on Friday afternoon. My family decided to go to the movies. We decided that we were going to see X-Men: Apocalypse  (No fear, I promise you that, since the movie just opened, there will be no spoilers in this sermon.) As we drove to the theater, I noticed that many of…

When Your Brain Lies to You…

  The human brain is miraculous and complex. The way our brains work allows us to be creative, innovative, collaborative, empathetic, humorous, and intelligent. The mind of the artist captures the beauty of the world in new and profound ways. The brain of the storyteller captures the human experience with all of its profundity in…