Recent Sermons

Lent 4

Fourth Sunday in Lent – March 14, 2021 – Numbers 21:4-9; John 3:14-21 – STEM-Wide Morning Prayer via Zoom First of all, you need to know that it’s Jesus who’s talking in today’s gospel. The lectionary people omitted some important context when they separated the eight verses that we just heard from the preceding 13. … Continue reading Lent 4

We’re allowed

Third Sunday after Epiphany – January 24, 2021 – Jonah 3:1-5, 10 – STEM-Wide Morning Prayer via Zoom Ordinarily, our Collect of the Day appears up front in the weekly Eucharistic liturgy. These days, since we’re worshipping with a service of Morning Prayer via Zoom, it comes later, after the Lord’s Prayer and suffrages. In … Continue reading We’re allowed

For Epiphany, 2021

The Epiphany – January 6, 2021 – Matthew 2:1-12 On the Feast of the Epiphany, we celebrate God’s manifestation among us in the flesh of Jesus Christ, which sounds a lot like what we celebrate on Christmas. Interestingly though, the celebration of Epiphany is older than the celebration of Christmas. The first mention of Epiphany … Continue reading For Epiphany, 2021

Prayers amidst turmoil

During what has turned into a very difficult day in the life of our nation, these prayers may be helpful to you. They are taken from pages 814-835 of the Book of Common Prayer. Some are slightly edited, and their numbers are retained here. 4. For PeaceEternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is … Continue reading Prayers amidst turmoil

In the flesh

Christmas Eve – December 24, 2020 – Isaiah 9:2-7; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20 It’s a joy to be able to write occasionally for Sermons That Work, an offering for the whole denomination. This sermon was published in “Sermons for Advent and Christmas 2020.” I encourage you to take some time over the next 12 days … Continue reading In the flesh

It’s all about love

Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost – October 25, 2020 – Matthew 22:34-46 – STEM-Wide Morning Prayer via Zoom Last week, Liz preached on the first of three difficult questions that Jesus gets in this section of Matthew from the religious leaders of the day. It was a question of taxes, answered famously with, “Give to the … Continue reading It’s all about love

At least give it a try

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost – September 6, 2020 – Ezekiel 33:7-11; Matthew 18:15-20 – STEM-Wide Morning Prayer via Zoom From the Book of Ezekiel today we hear what is, at least for me, a familiar message. It’s not necessarily a message that I associate first and foremost with God the Father, but it is a message … Continue reading At least give it a try

“Why did you doubt?”

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost – August 9, 2020 – Matthew 14:22-33 – STEM-Wide Morning Prayer via Zoom This sermon, which I preached this morning, is a slightly different version of the sermon I wrote as a contribution to this week’s installment of Sermons that Work. Today we find Jesus’ disciples terrified on the Sea of Galilee. … Continue reading “Why did you doubt?”

Holy Conflict

Third Sunday after Pentecost – June 21, 2020 – Romans 6:1b-11; Matthew 10:24-39 – STEM-Wide Morning Prayer (via Zoom) “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” When you first heard this morning’s Gospel, you may have been caught off guard. Jesus’ words … Continue reading Holy Conflict

Pentecost 2020

Pentecost – May 31, 2020 – Acts 2:1-21; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13; John 20:19-23 – STEM-Wide Morning Prayer (via Zoom) You can watch/listen to me preach this sermon here. As most of you know, I’ve been out for the past couple of weeks recuperating from a tonsillectomy. It was not pleasant, but it was necessary. I’m happy now to … Continue reading Pentecost 2020

Third Sunday of Easter

Third Sunday of Lent – April 26, 2020 – Psalm 116:1-3, 10-17; Luke 24:13-35 – STEM-Wide Morning Prayer (via Zoom) In today’s gospel, we hear a familiar story once again. Jesus is made known to his disciples in the breaking of the bread. Some of you may already be thinking about the fact that we can’t do … Continue reading Third Sunday of Easter

Fifth Sunday in Lent, 2020

Fifth Sunday in Lent – March 29, 2020 – Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 130; John 11:1-45 – STEM-Wide Morning Prayer (via Zoom) At this point in the season of Lent, the lectionary makes it ever clearer that we are inching our way toward that glorious day of resurrection. Our collect this morning will have us praying, … Continue reading Fifth Sunday in Lent, 2020

*Some* good

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany – February 9, 2020 – Matthew 5:13-20 – Trinity, Winchester The Church is, in the ever so descriptive words of the famous preacher Tom Long, “a colony of the kingdom of heaven placed in the midst of an alien culture.” [1] The kingdom of heaven, the kingdom of God, is not … Continue reading *Some* good

Feast of the Presentation

Feast of the Presentation – February 2, 2020 – Luke 2:22-40 – Epiphany, Sherwood Today we interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple. This feast is always on February 2nd, which means that it isn’t always on a Sunday. However, our tradition … Continue reading Feast of the Presentation

Epiphany 2020

Feast of the Epiphany – January 6, 2020 – Matthew 2:1-12 – St. Mary’s, Sewanee This is a revised excerpt from something that I’ve done before. Nevertheless, I had fun, and I hope you do, too. You’ve no doubt heard it before, so I apologize, but Christians do often characterize Epiphany as an “Aha!” moment. … Continue reading Epiphany 2020

Second Sunday after Christmas

Second Sunday after Christmas – January 5, 2020 – Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23 – Trinity, Winchester Paraphrasing Charles Dickens’s famous first line, it is fitting to say, “The wise men had left, to begin with.” Today’s Gospel tells us of the events following the departure of the Magi. This might seem odd seeing as how tomorrow is … Continue reading Second Sunday after Christmas

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve – December 24, 2019 – Luke 2:1-20 – Trinity, Winchester Tonight, from the Gospel according to Luke, we hear the same familiar story that we hear each year on this night: the story of Jesus’ birth. The story of the Word made flesh is the story of God infiltrating humanity. The creator unites … Continue reading Christmas Eve

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Fourth Sunday of Advent – December 22, 2019 – Matthew 1:18-25 – Epiphany, Sherwood Today of all days may be one to be brief. We’ll be back Tuesday evening. However, even though we’ll get a double dose this week, it’s important to spend some time with today’s gospel.  This morning we hear Matthew’s version of … Continue reading Fourth Sunday of Advent

Advent, take three

Third Sunday of Advent – December 15, 2019 – Matthew 11:2-11 – Trinity, Winchester John clearly has his doubts about Jesus. Even from prison he sends his disciples to ask, “Are you the Messiah, or should we wait for another?” In other words, “Tell us, Jesus, is there someone else coming whose sandals you are … Continue reading Advent, take three

Resurrection power

Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost – November 10, 2019 – Luke 20:27-38 – Trinity, Winchester Throughout Luke chapter 20 Jesus has been at the Temple in Jerusalem contending with all sorts of folks. Today he’s talking with the Sadducees, who we are told do not believe in the resurrection of the dead. They ask Jesus about … Continue reading Resurrection power

Always be . . .

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost – October 20, 2019 – Luke 18:1-8 – Trinity, Winchester There is a series of internet memes that begin, “Always be yourself…” Maybe you’ve seen them. Perhaps the most popular is “Always be yourself. Unless you can be Batman. Then always be Batman.” It’s not without warrant. Batman is really, really … Continue reading Always be . . .

By God’s grace

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost – October 13, 2019 – Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7 – Trinity, Winchester Let’s look at today’s collect again. Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works… “That we may continually be given to good works.” That’s a good thing … Continue reading By God’s grace

Holy Cross Day

Holy Cross Day – September 14, 2019 – John 12:31-36a – St. Mary’s Convent, Sewanee The cross is everywhere. Signed on our foreheads, across our chests, and on our hands. Laid in our stonework, etched into our windows, and even baked right into our communion bread. The cross is the Christian symbol, and for good reason: Jesus died … Continue reading Holy Cross Day

Feeding on the grace of God

Saturday in Proper 17C – September 7, 2019 – Luke 6:1-5 – St. Mary’s Convent, Sewanee “One sabbath while Jesus was going through the cornfields, his disciples plucked some heads of grain, rubbed them in their hands, and ate them. But some of the Pharisees said, ‘Why are you doing what is not lawful on … Continue reading Feeding on the grace of God

The work God has given you to do

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost – August 11, 2019 – Isaiah 1:1,10-20 – Trinity, Winchester As Christians, we say that the Bible is the inspired word of God, but it’s not always clear exactly what that means. There are many answers. For instance, scripture is a record of God’s interaction with God’s people over time. Through scripture … Continue reading The work God has given you to do

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost – August 4, 2019 – Luke 12:13-21 – Christ Church, Alto I’ve always thought this was one of Jesus’ more straightforward parables.  Thinking only of himself and his future, a rich man stores up treasures on earth. Then, when he dies suddenly, God calls him a fool and asks, “The things you have … Continue reading Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Take him by the hand

The Feast of St. Mary Magdalene (transferred) – July 23, 2019 – John 20:11-18 – St. Mary’s Convent, Sewanee Today’s gospel lesson is the same one that was read at my grandmother’s funeral in April. As all good Episcopalians know, the rite of Christian burial is a service of resurrection. Grandma was a Methodist, but she knew … Continue reading Take him by the hand

The one about Mary & Martha

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost – July 21, 2019 – Luke 10:38-42 – Christ Church, Tracy City This week I was reminded of what the preaching professor at The School of Theology always told us: when you preach, he said, you do so to a particular audience in a particular context.  Broad-sweeping generalizations will never do. Each preaching … Continue reading The one about Mary & Martha

Discovering Repentance

Tuesday in Proper 10C – July 16, 2019 – Matthew 11:20-24 – St. Mary’s Convent, Sewanee It seems Jesus’ ministry isn’t going so well.  All the ground he’s trod, all the sermons he’s preached, all the miracles he’s performed, and folks in Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum still don’t get it. He is understandably frustrated, perhaps because he … Continue reading Discovering Repentance

Love. Your. Neighbor.

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost – July 14, 2019 – Luke 10:25-37 – Trinity, Winchester I invite you to listen to me preach this sermon here.  You already know the story.  It’s one of the Gospel’s most familiar. For this reason some teachers of preaching might even say, “Skip it! Focus on the Old Testament lesson. Try … Continue reading Love. Your. Neighbor.

The devil you know

Second Sunday after Pentecost – June 23, 2019 – Luke 8:26-39 – Trinity, Winchester It’s that time again: Ordinary Time! We’ve made it to the Second Sunday after Pentecost. Last Sunday was of course, Trinity Sunday.  After two principal feasts in a row, it is perhaps fitting that this morning is a bit more subdued. We … Continue reading The devil you know

Faithful response to God

Wednesday in Proper 6C – June 19, 2019 – Matthew 6:1-6,16-18 – St. Mary’s Convent, Sewanee It’s been almost a week since I last saw you, and we’re still hearing from the “Sermon on the Mount.” Today Jesus instructs us not to practice our piety before others. He gives us three examples of what not to do, and … Continue reading Faithful response to God

Trinity Sunday

Trinity Sunday – June 16, 2019 – Trinity, Winchester Today is Trinity Sunday, a principal feast of the church and the titular feast of Trinity Episcopal Church in Winchester. It is a deep joy to be a part of a congregation so steadfast in faithful witness to God’s work in the world.  I’m not sure … Continue reading Trinity Sunday

St. Justin

Feast of St. Justin – June 1, 2019 – St. Mary’s Convent, Sewanee I know a lot of people with PhDs.  In college, in seminary, and even out and about in the Episcopal Church, I have met (and even come to like!) a lot of folks who went to school for a long, long time.  … Continue reading St. Justin

Knowing God

Fifth Sunday of Easter – May 19, 2019 – Acts 11:1-18 – Trinity, Winchester Today’s collect has a great first line. “Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life.” That phrase has stuck with me since we first read it together at Bible study on Tuesday.  To know God is everlasting life. That packs a … Continue reading Knowing God

Show yourself to be alive

Fourth Sunday of Easter – May 12, 2019 – Acts 9:36-43 – Trinity, Winchester During the Easter season we hear quite a bit from the book of Acts. Acts chronicles the early days of the Church, the first communities of faithful disciples, and the early apostles, like Peter and Paul, who led them.  Speaking of, you … Continue reading Show yourself to be alive

Easter Sunday 2019

Easter Sunday – April 21, 2019 – Acts 10:34-43; 1 Corinthians 15:19-26; John 20:1-18 – Trinity, Winchester Easter is a day on which we typically don’t pay much attention to our scripture readings. Like Christmas, we already know the story. We come wearing bright colors (and maybe dressed a bit nicer than usual) to sing glad hymns and … Continue reading Easter Sunday 2019

Good Friday 2019

Good Friday – April 19, 2019 – Trinity, Winchester Pontius Pilate entered his headquarters and asked Jesus, “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. Pilate said to him, “Do you refuse to speak to me? Do you not know that I have power to release you, and power to crucify you?” Jesus … Continue reading Good Friday 2019

Maundy Thursday 2019

Maundy Thursday – April 18, 2019 – Luke 22:14-30 – Trinity, Winchester On the night he was betrayed, in an act of ultimate servitude, Jesus washed his disciples’ feet and sat down at table with them, the very friends who would betray him. Even as he faced death, due in part to their actions, he served … Continue reading Maundy Thursday 2019

The Promise of Sunday: In Praise of Jesus and Grandma Hayes

April 10, 2019 – John 20:1,11-18 – Keystone United Methodist Church, Kansas City, MO I had the honor of preaching these woefully inadequate words at my grandmother’s funeral last Wednesday morning. May she rest in peace and rise in glory. Alleluia! Alleluia!  Marjorie Helen Hayes, 1929-2019  —— After Grandma’s death, I posted a picture on … Continue reading The Promise of Sunday: In Praise of Jesus and Grandma Hayes

Passion/Palm Sunday

Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday – April 14, 2019 – Luke 22:14-23:56 – Trinity, Winchester Both the story of Jesus’ triumphant entrance into Jerusalem, which we read on the Square, and the passion narrative, which we just read together, are familiar to us. Even though they come from different gospels each year of our lectionary cycle, … Continue reading Passion/Palm Sunday

Amidst the ordinary

Last Sunday after the Epiphany – March 3, 2019 – Luke 9:28-43a – Trinity, Winchester Listen to this week’s sermon here. As we leave the season after the Epiphany and head into Lent, it’s good to be reminded that not every experience of the divine is one of sudden revelation. Jesus is always with us, … Continue reading Amidst the ordinary

Resurrection

Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany – February 17, 2019 – 1 Corinthians 15:12-20 – Trinity, Winchester Listen to this sermon here.  Passages like the one we heard this morning from St. Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians get right to the heart of the Christian faith: resurrection. Paul assures us in the words of our … Continue reading Resurrection

The hard work of the Gospel

Commemoration of Thomas Bray – February 15, 2019 – Isaiah 52:7-10; Luke 10:1-9 – Chapel of the Apostles, Sewanee It is always a joy to have the opportunity to preach to a seminary community, even if, or perhaps especially when, the subject matter is a bit tricky.  When I first noticed that we were commemorating Thomas Bray today, … Continue reading The hard work of the Gospel

People like you

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany – February 10, 2019 – Luke 5:1-11 – Trinity, Winchester You can listen to this sermon by clicking here.  When Peter sees the true power of Jesus, he pushes him away. “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.” The crowd also pushes Jesus away, though somewhat … Continue reading People like you

Fulfilled in your hearing

Third Sunday after the Epiphany – January 27, 2019 – Luke 4:14-21 – Epiphany, Sherwood Today we encounter Luke’s description of the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry. After he is born, baptized, and tempted in the desert, Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, travels through Galilee. Reports of his presence begin to spread … Continue reading Fulfilled in your hearing

A mother knows

Second Sunday after the Epiphany – January 20, 2019 – John 2:1-11 – Trinity, Winchester Have you ever been to a wedding? This is one of the very few times in my career that I expect to incorporate audience participation into a sermon. Really, feel free to answer. Have you ever been to a wedding?  … Continue reading A mother knows

Bible Study: Epiphany 1 (C)

As many of you know, I’ve been writing some Bible studies for Sermons That Work, a ministry of The Episcopal Church. One of them was published for this Sunday, the Baptism of our Lord. You’ll find it on the website located here.  

Constantly Curious

Feast of the Epiphany – January 6th, 2019 – Matthew 2:1-12 – Trinity, Winchester You can listen to me preach this sermon by clicking here.

Christmas has only just begun

First Sunday after Christmas – December 30th, 2018 – Galatians 3:23-25, 4:4-7; John 1:1-18 – Trinity Church, Winchester You can listen to this sermon by clicking here. Today is the sixth day of Christmas. You would likely know that, even if you weren’t an Episcopalian, because of the famous song that reminds us all. Not to … Continue reading Christmas has only just begun

How far is it to Bethlehem?

The Eve of the Nativity of Our Lord  – December 24, 2018 – Luke 2:1-20 – Trinity Church, Winchester Last year a group from my home parish journeyed to the Holy Land to see many of the storied sites of the Bible: Jerusalem, Galilee, Nazareth, Jericho, and of course, Bethlehem.  Bethlehem is one of the … Continue reading How far is it to Bethlehem?

Came. Coming. Here.

First Sunday of Advent  – December 2, 2018 – Jeremiah 33:14-16; Luke 21:25-36 – Trinity Church, Winchester Today we begin again. We begin a new liturgical year by waiting with patience and expectation for the One who is promised to us. We begin by waiting for Jesus. We wait, not only for his coming in flesh, but also his coming in … Continue reading Came. Coming. Here.

“Christ the King”

Last Sunday after Pentecost – November 25, 2018 – Trinity Church, Winchester No text today. You can listen to this sermon by clicking here. And for those of you keeping track at home, the story of Zacchaeus is found in Luke 19, not Luke 10. Oops! That’s what happens when you go off the manuscript, … Continue reading “Christ the King”

Persistence in prayer

Saturday after Proper 27B  – November 17, 2018 – Luke 18:1-8 – St. Mary’s Convent I didn’t get to preach this *exact* sermon on Saturday because I kinda sorta…forgot it in the car, but we press on… Nevertheless, this is the version I prepared.  If you pester God long enough, keep going to him with your … Continue reading Persistence in prayer

Enough

25th Sunday after Pentecost – November 11, 2018 – Mark 12:38-44 – Trinity Church, Winchester, TN “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets! They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long … Continue reading Enough

Imagining eternal life

Sunday after All Saints’ Day – November 4, 2018 – Song of Solomon 3:1-9; Revelation 21:1-6a – Trinity Church, Winchester, TN “Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you.” So says today’s … Continue reading Imagining eternal life

Trust and see

23rd Sunday after Pentecost – October 28, 2018 – Psalm 34:8 – Trinity Church, Winchester, TN Psalm 34 verse eight says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are they who trust in him.”  These are comforting words, but they are also hard words to hear after recent events. After yesterday’s shooting at … Continue reading Trust and see

“Prisoner of hope”

Saturday after Proper 23 – October 20, 2018 – Mark 12:8-12 – St. Mary’s Convent, Sewanee When I first read the final lines of this passage I was relieved. “Do not worry about how you are to defend yourselves or what you are to say; for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that very hour what you ought to say.” I … Continue reading “Prisoner of hope”

Freedom to follow

21st Sunday after Pentecost – October 14, 2018 – Mark 10:17-31 – Christ Church, Alto, TN We often hear today’s gospel passage cited as “the rich young ruler,” but that portrayal is the result of a mash up of all three different gospel accounts of this story. Matthew’s version calls the man both rich and young. … Continue reading Freedom to follow

Redefining relationships

20th Sunday after Pentecost – October 7, 2018 – Mark 10:2-16 – Trinity Episcopal Church, Winchester, TN Mark’s account of Jesus’ teaching on divorce may make us a bit uncomfortable. Divorce is a hard topic even without the lectionary rubbing our noses in Jesus’ thoughts about it.  In public Jesus answers the Pharisees, “From the beginning of creation, ‘God made them … Continue reading Redefining relationships

Translating the Word

Commemoration of William Tyndale and Miles Coverdale – October 6, 2018 – St. Mary’s Convent Today we celebrate William Tyndale and Miles Coverdale, two Holy Men of God known for their efforts in translating the Bible into English. This is not one of our most popular feast days, but it is one that ought to remember.  If it weren’t for the work of these … Continue reading Translating the Word

One such child

18th Sunday after Pentecost – September 23, 2018 – Mark 9:30-37 – Trinity Episcopal Church, Winchester, TN After hearing today’s Gospel passage we may be tempted to dwell on the image of the child. Young, sweet, innocent. Imagine the little ringlets of hair, the brilliant blue eyes, and the curious little fingers. The image of the child sticks with us for good reason. There is … Continue reading One such child

… and be grateful

Ember Day – September 22, 2018 – Exodus 19:3-8; 1 Peter 4:7-11; Matthew 16:24-27 – St. Mary’s Convent I was delighted to preside at the Eucharist at St. Mary’s Convent in Sewanee this morning. Below is my sermon. To learn more about the Community of Saint Mary visit their website here.  Today’s lessons come with … Continue reading … and be grateful

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

Storms

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost – June 24, 2018 – Mark 4:35-41 I had the privilege of serving the people of Christ Episcopal Church in Tracy City, TN today. Here’s my sermon.  In today’s Gospel Jesus’ disciples are afraid. They are in the middle of the sea of Galilee in a crowded boat when a terrible squall … Continue reading Storms

My Ordination to the Diaconate

Here is the recording of my diaconal ordination, March 12, 2018. The service took place at my seminary chapel, The Chapel of the Apostles at The School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. I am blessed to be a deacon in the Episcopal Church. Gratitude abounds!

First, follow

Second Sunday in Lent – February 25, 2018 – Mark 8:31-38 I had the privilege of preaching at St. Mark’s in Little Rock, AR a few weeks ago. I was honored to receive the Anne Kumpuris scholarship from the parish, and I am thrilled that the parish hosted me. You can watch the sermon here.  Let’s … Continue reading First, follow

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

The rhythm of prayer

Thursday in the First Week of Lent – February 22, 2018 – Matthew 7:7-12 It is a joy to be asked to preach for the students, faculty, staff, and families of my alma mater. Thank you to the recording crew at the Chapel of the Apostles for this audio. Ask. Search. Knock. Ask— and it will … Continue reading The rhythm of prayer

God had heard me, too

Friday after Proper 29 – December 1, 2017 – Psalm 142 Listen to me preach the sermon here. I don’t need to tell you all that God can handle your anger. If you’re mad, tell God about it. You want to keep the lines of communication open. The psalmist gets it— I cry to the … Continue reading God had heard me, too

Doing something

Tuesday of Proper 28 – November 28, 2017 – Luke 19:1-10 Listen to me preach the sermon here. I love the story of Zacchaeus. What’s not to like? It’s one of the first Bible stories children learn and remember. There’s a catchy song about it. A grown man climbs a tree. But, above all, it is a story about … Continue reading Doing something

Sacred

Feast of William Temple – November 6, 2017 – Exodus 22:21-27; John 1:9-18 Today I preached at the noon Eucharist for the Feast of William Temple in The Chapel of the Apostles. This sermon originally began as a poem, which I briefly considered reading during the liturgy, but as I adapted it I knew its … Continue reading Sacred

Any of them

Alfred the Great – October 26, 2017 – Wisdom 6:1-3, 9-12, 24-25; Luke 6:43-49 It’s hard to preach on our more legendary saints. It’s hard to know which parts of their stories are purely myth and which parts are not. Alfred is no exception. It’s even harder to preach on a saint who is not named something like Luke, Andrew, or Thomas. It’s easier … Continue reading Any of them

There is a promise

The 17th Sunday After Pentecost – October 1, 2017 – Matthew 21:23-32 I preached this sermon at St. John’s parish in Decatur, AL where I am doing field work in preparation for graduation and ordination. You can listen to me preach this sermon by clicking here. Today’s gospel comes from the beginning of the Holy Week narrative. Jesus rides … Continue reading There is a promise

Eve of Michael and All Angels

September 28, 2017 – Eve of Michael and All Angels – Genesis 28:10-17, Revelation 12:7-12, John 1:47-51 There is something poetic about angels. They are abstract, not easily explained, and depicted in myriad ways. We often cast them in the role of guardian, but even that is ambiguous. Maybe it means that God gives his … Continue reading Eve of Michael and All Angels

Casting out demons

Tuesday, September 5 – Tuesday After Proper 17 – Luke 4:31-37 Better 10 days late than never! Here’s a sermon from a recent Spanish-language eucharist at The School of Theology. (See also the English version below.) La lección del Evangelio de hoy puede emocionarnos porque hay un exorcismo dramático: ¡un demonio se confronta a Jesús, … Continue reading Casting out demons

They remain examples

Thursday, June 29 – Feast of St. Peter & St. Paul – 2 Timothy 4:1-8 Today, June 29th, we gather to celebrate Saint Peter and Saint Paul. It is not January 18th, when we commemorate Peter’s confession of Jesus as Messiah nor is it January 25th when we commemorate the so-called “Conversion of Paul.” No, … Continue reading They remain examples

Satisfied

May 1, 2017–Feast of St. Philip and St. James–John 14:6-14 You can watch me preach this sermon by clicking here.  Jesus said, “If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” Then Philip said to Jesus, “Lord, show us the Father, and we … Continue reading Satisfied

It Takes Courage

April 27, 2017 – Thursday in the Second Week of Easter – Acts 5:27-33 Tonight I preached at the seminary’s final Community Eucharist of the semester. To view the sermon click here. And so it is with today’s reading from The Acts of the Apostles as it has been with many of our readings from Acts since … Continue reading It Takes Courage

“You Have No Power”

Good Friday-April 14, 2017-John 18 & 19 My Good Friday sermon from “Preaching Against Violence” class. Jesus refuses to speak. [Pilate] entered his headquarters again and asked Jesus, “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. Pilate therefore said to him, “Do you refuse to speak to me? Do you not know that … Continue reading “You Have No Power”

Proclaiming The Death

Maundy Thursday-April 13, 2017-1 Corinthians 11: 23-26 This semester I’m taking an elective called “Preaching Against Violence” which focuses on the church’s role in opposing state-sanctioned violence. Our assignments focus on Holy Week preaching. Here’s my first attempt at a Maundy Thursday sermon.  We still gather to remember and reenact that which Jesus did on the night he … Continue reading Proclaiming The Death

Everything To God In Prayer

La quinta semana en Cuaresma 4 de abril, 2017 – Numbers 21:4-9, John 8:21-30 I preached this sermon at one of our biweekly Spanish Eucharists. What an honor to be asked! I’m grateful for the seminary’s pastoral Spanish program. (See both Spanish and English versions below.) Frecuentemente nos volvemos insatisfechos con Dios; no creemos que, en nuestras … Continue reading Everything To God In Prayer

Born From Above

Lent II—March 12, 2017—John 3:1-17 I preached this sermon at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Decatur, Alabama where I am doing my field education. I am blessed in having the opportunity to spend time with and learn from them every week. I am especially grateful for them recording my sermon which can be found by clicking … Continue reading Born From Above

Help My Unbelief!

February 20, 2017 – Mark 9:14-29  You can watch and listen to this sermon by clicking here. Take a trip with me back to Mark chapter six. Jesus called the disciples, “and began to send them out two by two and he give them authority over unclean spirits.” Their confusion is understandable, then, when in … Continue reading Help My Unbelief!

Experiencing The Joy

December 25, 2016 – Luke 2:1-14 Thanks to the fine folks at my home parish, you can watch me preach this sermon here. The sermon starts at 7:30. Merry Christmas! And what a merry occasion it can be. The good news for us is, even in the silence we can experience it. Eh, maybe music would be nice, … Continue reading Experiencing The Joy