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,…

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…

Declare a Fast

Preached at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Columbia, South Carolina Philippians 2:5-8 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. What a joy it is to be here! For some time now I’ve had a growing place in my heart for Trinity Cathedral. It’s partially because I’ve had the joy of…

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…