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

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

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

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