Beulah

Weddings are stressful. In fact, as a priest, it has been my observation that when it comes to the rites and rituals of the Church— blessings, baptisms, burials, and more— the one that causes the most stress in people’s lives . . . is weddings. There’s all the planning, all the costs, all the complex…

Discipleship Next

Today is all about baptism. As you’ll recall,we had a baptism just last weekwhen Jemma Patrick was baptizedas part of our festiveEpiphany Sunday celebration. But today is also about baptismbecause this is the day each yearon which we always hearabout the baptism of our Lord. During Advent we were waitingfor the coming of Jesus.On Christmas we celebrated his…

Business (A Christmas Sermon)

I am not a good man. I never claimed to be.Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not a bad man, either. But the world is a hard place,and if you’re going to make your way through it,you have to be hard, too . . .that’s what I always say. My wife, she loves me,but she…

The King of Old

A few days ago, one of the newer members of our church came through the office and shared what recently happened when he mentioned Advent to an acquaintance. “Merry Christmas,” the acquaintance had said. “And a glorious Advent to you,” replied the St. Anne’s member. “A glorious what-now?” asked his friend. “A glorious Advent! It’s…

Clean House

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia Zephaniah 3:14-20    Luke 3:7-18 One of the motifs you’re likely to encounterduring the holy season of Adventis that of cleaning house. During Advent, we’re inevitably told to get ready:like bridesmaids waiting at home for the groomor servants waiting at home for the master.“Keep awake,” Jesus says,“for…

Left-Handed Power

We are now smack in the middle of the holy season of Advent, the season in which we Christians slow down and remind one another that we are waiting for the coming of our King. Not only are we awaiting the arrival of Christmas and our remembrance of the Baby in the manger, but—just as…

Unveiling

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia Luke 21:25-36 You’re probably listening and looking around today and realizing that things have changed. The music is different. The colors are different. Even the prayers we pray today are different. I promise, we have not done this to trick you! It’s all because we liturgical Christians—…

Fear Not

Today is what we in the Church call Christ the King Sunday. It’s the last Sunday of the Church year, and everything begins anew next week with the start of Advent. But on this day— the bridge between what has been and what will be— we stop to remind one another that we are servants…

Kingdom Work

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia Mark 13:1-8 As a child of the 80’s, I was raised to believe there was nothing we as a species could not do. By the time I came along, we were finally on the right trajectory. We had fought all the good fights. We had won all…