“It’s all over but the shouting.”

A sermon offered on the 11th Sunday after Pentecost, August 16, 2020. The readings for this Sunday are powerful, provocative, and involve a lot of shouting. I read these alongside the annual celebration of Jonathan Myrick Daniels, an Episcopal seminarian who was murdered in 1965. Daniels is remembered as a martyr in The Episcopal Church.Continue reading ““It’s all over but the shouting.””

“…when we are so focused on our position, wrapped up in the fear of losing our position, we make a mess of things.”

A sermon offered on the 10th Sunday after Pentecost, August 9, 2020, based on the story of Joseph, his fancy coat, and his angry brothers. Readings: Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 * Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b * Romans 10:5-15 * Matthew 14:22-33 Audio only is available here    

What is the 4th of July?

168 yrs to the day after Frederick Douglass issued his “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” message, I joined with the faith leaders of the Poor People’s Campaign in preaching on that theme from my particular context of The Episcopal Church in Alabama. The texts for reflection included Frederick Douglass’ speech, theContinue reading “What is the 4th of July?”

“…do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows”

This morning I got to be with the good folks at St. Mary’s in Jasper. This was my first time there, though I have driven past it many times on my way to Camp McDowell. Do to COVID-19, we worship outside. They have a beautiful little prayer garden in the trees next to the church.Continue reading ““…do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows””

“…and hope does not disappoint us”

As we begin the long season after Pentecost, Thomas, my preaching partner, and I have decided to focus our preaching efforts on the readings from the Hebrew Bible each week. Genesis will be the focus of June, July, and into August. This is more of a challenge for me than for Thomas who frequently focusesContinue reading ““…and hope does not disappoint us””