In this world of 24/7 instant news and comments and echo chambers, how do we live as followers of Jesus? What if in loving our neighbor, we also bore fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. What if instead of being quick to be right, we were quick to love?
On this Seventh, Sunday of Easter, squeezed between the Feasts of the Ascension and Pentecost, we get the concluding passage of Jesus' prayer in John 17. John is perhaps my favorite Gospel, so I am prone to nerd out a little bit about the uniqueness of John. Each year in the Revised Common Lectionary we … Continue reading When Jesus prays for us…
This week I got to return to Christ Episcopal Church in Fairfield. It was certainly a joyful homecoming morning. Our readings for the day included John's final version from Revelation. The past couple of months, with Avengers: Endgame and Game of Thrones, it certainly seems like we love a good ending. So what does … Continue reading Revelation: Endgame – A Sermon for the 6th Sunday of Easter
A sermon for the Fifth Sunday of Easter offered at Christ Episcopal Church in Albertville, AL. In the reading from Acts, Peter is left accounting for what happens when the love of God lets loose the Holy Spirit on the world. The result is that our job is not to decide who God gives the … Continue reading Our job is to chase after the Holy Spirit
For some folks, Easter began last night with Vigil. Others filed into beautifully adorned churches this morning. All the alleluias were sung. Eggs hunted. Photos taken. And by early afternoon, folks maybe settled in for a nap in the comfort of the empty tomb and Mary Magdalene's proclamation, "I have seen the Lord!" And on … Continue reading “While in their joy they were disbelieving” . . . A Sermon for Easter Evening