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…

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…

Giving Up for Lent

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia Matthew 6:1-6,16-21   Lutheran pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber writes, “Ash Wednesday is my favorite day of the church year, and Lent is my favorite season. “Our culture has quite ruined Christmas and Easter with Santa and the Easter Bunny and all the grotesque consumerism and made-for-TV specials behind it…

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…

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…

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….

Abraham & Isaac

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia Genesis 22:1-14 Today we have before us what many consider to be the most difficult passage in the entire Old Testament. You didn’t know it when you woke up this morning, but you have come to church today to hear a story about child sacrifice. (Yes, that should bother…

When Jesus Cuts to the Bone

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia Matthew 10:24-39 This sermon was preached at the Sunday morning service preceding an afternoon evangelism workshop offered by the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, the Presiding Bishop’s Canon for Evangelism and Reconciliation; Jeremy Tackett, Digital Evangelist; and Carrie Headington, Missioner Evangelist. As many of you know, this afternoon St….