When Jesus Prays for You

Not only is it Mothers Day, but graduation is also in the air. In just a bit we will give thanks and ask God’s blessing on our 2018 graduates: Griffin Collier, Gracie Day, John Pittman, Emily Robertson, Will Rowland, and McKenzie Stevenson. We are so proud of each of you, and we’re excited to see what…

The One About Mr. Rogers

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia John 15:9-17   Love is the thing. What you and I come here week after week to do— what we come to talk about, to bask in, to bathe in, to breath in, to receive, and handle, and give— is love. Love is the nature of the…

Our Good, Grizzled Shepherd

“Jesus is the Good Shepherd.” When you hear those words, what images come to your mind? What are the paintings, the drawings, the stained glass windows from your childhood that all make up the Good Shepherd in your brain? If you grew up with the same images I did, chances are what you see is…

A Laughing Matter

“What’s wrong, Bubba?” asked the pastor. “I need you to pray for my hearing,” said Bubba. The pastor put his hands on Bubba’s ears and prayed. When he was done, he asked, “So how’s your hearing?” “I don’t know,” said Bubba. “It ain’t ‘til next Tuesday down at the courthouse.” A priest and a pastor…

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…