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…

All In Your Power

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia Exodus 1:8-2:10    Romans 12:1-8    Matthew 16:13-20 Without a doubt, there is too much bad news in the world around us. Near and far, there are natural disasters; crises of leadership; wars and rumors of wars; instability, hatred, and fear. Cumulatively, it’s almost enough to make you lose hope;…

Face to Face

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia Luke 9:28-36 We were exhausted. Our feet were blistered. Our legs were weary. Our backs were screaming. We were worn slap out, and so was he. For days and days we had been traveling, teaching, curing, feeding . . . always, always surrounded by people, droves of people….