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!…

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…