Kingdom Work

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia Mark 13:1-8 As a child of the 80’s, I was raised to believe there was nothing we as a species could not do. By the time I came along, we were finally on the right trajectory. We had fought all the good fights. We had won all…

Inefficient

Good morning! I bring you greetings of friendship and love from the church of Espíritu Santo, your sister congregation in the Diocese of the Dominican Republic. As most of you know, our diocese and the diocese of the Dominican Republic share what’s known as a “companion diocese” relationship. This means we pray for one another, commit…

Perfection

Preached at Diocese of Georgia Clergy Conference Honey Creek Camp & Retreat Center Judith 8:9-17; 9:1,7-10 I was born here at Honey Creek. Of course, that’s not what my birth certificate says. On paper I was born at South Georgia Medical Center in Valdosta, Georgia on a Monday morning in March. But as far as I’m…

Onward Christian Soldiers?

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia Ephesians 6:10-20 Toward the back of our hymnal is a section of hymns that fall under the heading “Christian Vocation and Pilgrimage.” That label sounds pleasant enough, but take one look at what’s collected there and you quickly understand why we don’t use them very often. “Stand up,…

We Don’t Have Time for This $#!+

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia Ephesians 5:15-20 When I was in seminary, something happened that became instant legend. I was not in the room, but one day during homiletics (the class where you learn the art of preaching), a student was giving yet another mundane, lackluster sermon when the professor— a crusty…

Gift Shop Jesus

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia Mark 6:1-13 Over the last few weeks we’ve been reading through the first few chapters of Mark’s gospel. As you may have noticed, Mark does not waste time. He wants to introduce you to Jesus, and he wants to do it quickly. And from the get-go, part…

Grab Hold

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia Mark 5:21-43 When Mark wrote his Gospel, he loved to take a story of something that happened to Jesus and insert another story within it: a kind of Markan sandwich, as some have come to call it. If this were a TV show, it would be like…

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.”…

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…