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…

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…

More Than Just an Ordinary Jesus

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia Acts 7:55-60    John 14:1-14 Today I want to teach you a new word: kerygma. Kerygma is a Greek word. It’s the kind of word you’ve probably never heard of but that Bible scholars near and far have loved and used for years and years. Preachers, pastors, and seminary professors…

“My Lord and My God”

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia John 20:19-31 Do you want to know the truth? The truth is: I . . . was . . . crushed. How could I have missed him? How could he have missed me? “We’ve seen him!” they all yelled at once. “We’ve seen him! He was here! He is…

O Empty Tomb (An Easter Hymn)

The following Easter hymn was written in 2005 as an assignment for a systematic theology class. The task was to write a metrical text grounded in scripture and conveying a particular theologian’s perspective on that scripture. This text is based on John 20 in which Mary, Peter, and John find Christ’s clothes in the empty tomb and are filled…

Who Will Wash?

Maundy Thursday has enjoyed a long and faithful history in my church, rich with meaning, pageantry, and participation. For decades, the people of my parish have gathered on this evening to hear how Christ instituted the Last Supper; to watch as the altar, like his body, is stripped of its “clothing”; to pray through the night as though they…

About Judas

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia John 13:21-32 For the past few days, you and I have been getting ourselves ready— preparing ourselves as Jesus prepares himself— for both he and we know that the gut-wrenching events of his final days are just around the bend. On Palm Sunday, we cheered him on as…