Why Stewardship?

Cowritten by the Rev. Lonnie Lacy & the Rev. Cindy Taylor originally for Project Resource in the Diocese of Georgia Introduction Chances are that if you’ve hung around Episcopal churches long at all, you’ve heard your fair share of stewardship sermons. In those sermons, you’ve doubtless been given dozens of reasons why stewardship ought to…

Why We Still Need Miracles

Back in the days of the early Church, if you wanted to convince someone that Jesus is Lord, that Jesus was more than just a man, that Jesus was who he said he was, one of the things you would do is tell the stories of his miracles. [1] All four Gospel writers— Matthew, Mark, Luke,…

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…