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…

Tear It Out

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia Mark 9:38-50 In Stan’s sermon last week, he spoke on the biblical principle of being willing to lose, to let go, to give. Like he said, it’s usually in those moments— whether we choose them or they choose us— that God is finally able to do something…

Noise

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia Isaiah 50:4-9a    James 3:1-12    Mark 8:27-38 If there is a common theme across all of today’s readings, it’s that words matter. In Isaiah, we hear him say, “The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may sustain the weary with a word.”…

Tribalism

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia James 2:1-17    Mark 7:24-37 Those of you who know me well know I’ve never really been that much into college football. There’s nothing wrong with it, and there’s nothing wrong with me. I just wasn’t raised on it, and I didn’t go to a big SEC school….

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…

The Other Side

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia Mark 4:35-41   “When evening had come, Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Let us go across to the other side.’” [1] *   *   * As your pastor, preacher, and priest, I wish to make a confession. For most of my life, I have read the Bible wrongly, and…

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.”…

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…

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…