An Extended Family of Love (Feast of St. Anne)

St. Anne’s Feast Day If you’ve ever paid attention to the signs in front of Episcopal churches, you may have noticed that almost every Episcopal church is named after someone or something on the Christian calendar. Rarely do you ever see a “First” Episcopal Church, or an “Eastside” Episcopal Church, or a “Greater Morningstar Holiness Congregation of…

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 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—…

Grace, Law & Why We Help Out at Church

As a father of two young daughters, it always irks me when people see me in public with my own children and ask, “Oh! Are you babysitting today?” Uh . . . no. I’m their father. Spending time with my children is not babysitting. It’s also not some chore to be relegated to my wife so I can busy…