We Don’t Have Time for This $#!+

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia Ephesians 5:15-20 When I was in seminary, something happened that became instant legend. I was not in the room, but one day during homiletics (the class where you learn the art of preaching), a student was giving yet another mundane, lackluster sermon when the professor— a crusty…

Why We Still Need Miracles

Back in the days of the early Church, if you wanted to convince someone that Jesus is Lord, that Jesus was more than just a man, that Jesus was who he said he was, one of the things you would do is tell the stories of his miracles. [1] All four Gospel writers— Matthew, Mark, Luke,…

An Extended Family of Love (Feast of St. Anne)

St. Anne’s Feast Day If you’ve ever paid attention to the signs in front of Episcopal churches, you may have noticed that almost every Episcopal church is named after someone or something on the Christian calendar. Rarely do you ever see a “First” Episcopal Church, or an “Eastside” Episcopal Church, or a “Greater Morningstar Holiness Congregation of…

Gift Shop Jesus

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia Mark 6:1-13 Over the last few weeks we’ve been reading through the first few chapters of Mark’s gospel. As you may have noticed, Mark does not waste time. He wants to introduce you to Jesus, and he wants to do it quickly. And from the get-go, part…

Grab Hold

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia Mark 5:21-43 When Mark wrote his Gospel, he loved to take a story of something that happened to Jesus and insert another story within it: a kind of Markan sandwich, as some have come to call it. If this were a TV show, it would be like…

The Other Side

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia Mark 4:35-41   “When evening had come, Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Let us go across to the other side.’” [1] *   *   * As your pastor, preacher, and priest, I wish to make a confession. For most of my life, I have read the Bible wrongly, and…

About Those ‘Biblical Family Values’

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia Genesis 3:8-15    Mark 3:20-35 A friend of mine always used to say, “If it’s ‘family values’ you’re looking for, do not go looking in the Bible!” I know that sounds odd. It’s definitely incongruous with everything you hear in the modern-day culture wars about “Biblical family values.”…

Come to Me, All Who Labor

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia Mark 2:23-3:6 Summer is undeniably here. You know it not only because of the heat, the pop-up thunderstorms, and the length of these glorious days, but also because our buildings here at St. Anne’s have been magically transformed for Vacation Bible School. VBS is one of the most important…

God Is/Are Love: A Sermon on the Trinity

Today is Trinity Sunday, a day when, presumably, your clergy are supposed to stand before you and say something intelligent about the nature of the Trinity. (A daunting expectation, to be sure.) To be honest, on this day most rectors love to leave the preaching to someone else, but alas, Mother Galen was not available!…