The Stuff That Matters

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia Exodus 20:1-17      John 2:13-22   I bring you greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ from your sister congregation of Espíritu Santo and from all your fellow Episcopalians in the Diocese of the Dominican Republic. As most of you know, Nancy Bryan, Jeannie Rigdon, Josh…

Giving Up for Lent

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia Matthew 6:1-6,16-21   Lutheran pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber writes, “Ash Wednesday is my favorite day of the church year, and Lent is my favorite season. “Our culture has quite ruined Christmas and Easter with Santa and the Easter Bunny and all the grotesque consumerism and made-for-TV specials behind it…

From Glory to Glory

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia 2 Corinthians 3:4-6     Mark 9:2-9 There’s a United Church of Christ pastor named Shawnthea Monroe who tells the story of taking a group of inner-city kids on a wilderness canoe trip in northern Minnesota. She says that on the first night, when the sun had finally set…

Mission, Misgivings & the Mighty Power of God

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia Jonah 3:1-5,10 One of the funniest stories in the entire Bible is the story of Jonah. Jonah’s the kind of story you learn when you’re a kid in Sunday School, but by the time we grow up, about the only thing most folks remember about Jonah is that…

Communion (A Christmas Sermon)

It was a night just like tonight. It was late and dark. Humid and warm. You people always think it snowed. It no more snowed there than it does here! Besides, you’d never find me wandering out in the snow. Oh no! Not with my flock. But it was dark, and it was late, and…

The Best Thing About You

What would you say is the most interesting thing— the very best thing— about you? Take a minute. Seriously. Don’t worry . . . I’m not going to ask you to stand up or tell anybody. But just sit for a minute and think about who you are, who you love, what you love, what…

Without Shame or Fear

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia Isaiah 40:1-11     2 Peter 3:8-15a     Mark 1:1-8 As I said last week, you and I have entered the holy season of Advent: those few sacred weeks that lead us up to the joy of Christmas day. And in our tradition— a tradition that has endured for…

A Righteous People

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20 The great theologian Karl Barth is said to have said that a preacher should always preach with the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other. This is good advice not just for preachers, but for all Christians. We who love the…