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Our partiality problem

16th Sunday after Pentecost – September 9, 2018 – Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23; James 2:1-17; Mark 7:24-37 – Trinity Episcopal Church, Winchester, TN Today the lectionary provides us with an embarrassment of riches. Today’s lessons at first feel and seem quite different from one another but upon closer examination, they work together to offer us a very important lesson about distinctions (or lack thereof) … Continue reading Our partiality problem

A different kind of song

15th Sunday after Pentecost – September 2, 2018 – Song of Solomon 2:8-13 – Trinity Episcopal Church, Winchester, TN I regret not recording this sermon in some way. As a relatively new preacher, I'm still learning how sermons take shape in the unique moments of their unfolding. This one was prone to several additions and … Continue reading A different kind of song

The rhythm of prayer

Thursday in the First Week of Lent – February 22, 2013 – Matthew 7:7-12 You can watch me preach the sermon here.  Ask. Search. Knock. Ask— and it will be given you; search— and you will find; knock— and the door will be opened for you.  Everyone who asks receives, everyone who searches finds, and everyone who knocks finds an open door. Ask. … Continue reading The rhythm of prayer

Eulogy for Grandma Swenson

In loving memory of Ilah Swenson, 1924-2018.  --------- My grandmother called everyone, “honey.” Wait staff, sales people, grocery store clerks, booking agents, teachers, preachers, me, and probably you. “Well, hello there, honey.” “Oh, honey, that’s all right.” Growing up, I realized the uniqueness of my grandmother’s penchant for this pet name. I’d never heard anyone else use it like that before. It seemed kind of intimate for just anyone. “Did … Continue reading Eulogy for Grandma Swenson