The One About Skittles & Money

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia Matthew 13:1-9,18-23 Before we get started, I want you to grab a pen and write down this phone number: 73256. We’ll come back to that in a bit. * * * The longer I’m a pastor, the more convinced I am that if you want to know God—…

Abraham & Isaac

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia Genesis 22:1-14 Today we have before us what many consider to be the most difficult passage in the entire Old Testament. You didn’t know it when you woke up this morning, but you have come to church today to hear a story about child sacrifice. (Yes, that should bother…

When Jesus Cuts to the Bone

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia Matthew 10:24-39 This sermon was preached at the Sunday morning service preceding an afternoon evangelism workshop offered by the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, the Presiding Bishop’s Canon for Evangelism and Reconciliation; Jeremy Tackett, Digital Evangelist; and Carrie Headington, Missioner Evangelist. As many of you know, this afternoon St….

Rain Down

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia Acts 2:1-21 Good morning, and welcome, welcome, welcome to St. Anne’s Episcopal Church. Fiery streamers are in the air. Everyone is decked in red. Water slides are on the front lawn for the eighth annual Holy Ghost Weenie Roast. All this can mean only one thing: today is…

More Than Just an Ordinary Jesus

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia Acts 7:55-60    John 14:1-14 Today I want to teach you a new word: kerygma. Kerygma is a Greek word. It’s the kind of word you’ve probably never heard of but that Bible scholars near and far have loved and used for years and years. Preachers, pastors, and seminary professors…

“My Lord and My God”

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia John 20:19-31 Do you want to know the truth? The truth is: I . . . was . . . crushed. How could I have missed him? How could he have missed me? “We’ve seen him!” they all yelled at once. “We’ve seen him! He was here! He is…

The Easter Sermon

St. John Chrysostom (c. 349-407) was the archbishop of Constantinople and an Early Church Father. His name, meaning “golden-tongued,” attests to the renown in which he was held for his gifts as an orator and preacher. This sermon is a version of John Chysostom’s Easter sermon, which is still read every Easter in Orthodox churches around the world. It is…

Drowning In Grace

This sermon was given at the Great Vigil of Easter, held just before sunrise on Easter morning. Multiple Old Testament lessons are read during the service to recount God’s saving deeds, and new converts to the faith are baptized. Creation: Genesis 1:1—2:3 Noah & the Flood: Genesis 7:1-5, 11-18; 8:6-18; 9:8-13 Israel’s Deliverance at the Red Sea: Exodus 14:10—15:1…

And You Say Nothing

The following Good Friday meditation was originally written as a journal entry during Week 3 of the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola, May 2016. I wish to express special gratitude for Fleming Rutledge, whose friendship and whose book The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ have been indispensable sources of knowledge, wisdom, and encouragement in preaching the…

About Judas

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia John 13:21-32 For the past few days, you and I have been getting ourselves ready— preparing ourselves as Jesus prepares himself— for both he and we know that the gut-wrenching events of his final days are just around the bend. On Palm Sunday, we cheered him on as…