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…

Fall Together

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia Exodus 17:1-7 For the past many weeks we have been on an Old Testament journey, tracking along through the book of Exodus and the great story of Moses and the people of God. It started back in August when we read how a baby named Moses was born…

Just Shut Up & Forgive

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia Matthew 18:21-35 In many ways today’s message is as simple and uncomplicated as it gets. I read this Gospel, and I am tempted to issue a two-word sermon: Just forgive. Or for those of you who prefer something longer, here’s the five-word version: Just shut up and forgive….

The Passover of the Lord

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia Exodus 12:1-14      Mark 14:1-11 Good morning everyone. I want to welcome you all to St. Anne’s, especially if you are an out-of-town guest seeking refuge from Hurricane Irma. Whatever brings you here, please know that you are welcome and loved, and we are glad to have you…