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,…

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…

We Were Refugees, Too

Isaiah 58:1-12 and 1 Corinthians 2:1-12 We’ve got a lot going on today—both in the world around us and in the world of the scriptures—so we’d better get right to it. First, you might wonder what in the world is going on with Isaiah. “Shout out, do not hold back!” he declares at the top…