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Sermons 2020

Date Posted: July 25, 2020

Where is Wisdom in This?

Almost twenty years ago, while in undergrad, I had the opportunity to travel to Belize with a group of Chemistry and Biology majors to study the tropical reefs off the coast of Ambergris Caye.  It was an incredible experience, to swim with sharks and turtles and eat conch fritters on...

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Date Posted: July 5, 2020

Standing on Our Own Two Feet

Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:30) On December 8, 1968,...

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Date Posted: June 28, 2020

Live in this Place: A Reflection on Jeremiah 28

This morning, I want to invite us into a different type of reflection, given what we continue to face in our world.  There is such a tendency to fill space with words, with some idea that will relieve anxiety or seek to fix a problem, to make a claim.   I...

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Date Posted: June 14, 2020

Guard Your Heart

You should know I had an entirely different sermon written for today, but yesterday I really struggled to know what to say right now.  The original words I had crafted so carefully, with quotes by Meister Eckhart that weaved with the encounter between Abraham and the strangers at the Oakes...

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Date Posted: June 6, 2020

Always We Begin Again

Last week, Stuart mentioned that we had tried to compose a prayer that captured the wide range of hurt and frustration we felt in the light of current events in our country. And, then, we remembered “A Prayer for the Whole Human Family,” that exquisite intercession from the Book of...

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Date Posted: May 31, 2020

Some masks are going on; Other masks are coming off: The struggle of living in community

Last week, I made my first pastoral visit in two months.  Two months.  I had to get special permission from the bishop to go and visit Ann Beadling in the nursing home wing of Lanier Village.  Yes, I had to get permission to go visit both because of the risk...

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Date Posted: May 24, 2020

Ascension Sunday Pandemic

“Then, the disciples asked him, ‘Is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?’” I get it. Giving sound to the deaf and sight to the blind; resuscitating the dead, and being resurrected from hell — all excellent moments, or, as the text says, “many convincing truths.”...

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Date Posted: May 17, 2020

A Community with Good Bones

When we were looking for a new house early last year, we worked with a realtor and gave him a random mixture of qualities and items that we were looking for.  I wanted a fireplace, Lisa wanted it not to have many repair issues, we knew we were getting cats,...

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Date Posted: May 2, 2020

A God Who Joins the Flock

I have never really spent much time around sheep, so it is hard for me to really “get into” the Gospel texts about sheep and shepherding.  We had plenty of livestock around us as children back in Arkansas, but no sheep.  We even had one family take on raising emus,...

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Date Posted: April 19, 2020

Thomas the man of Faith!

In the name of the Risen Lord we meditate his word, our hearts are open and our minds receptive! Blessed be God forever!!  Amen. Alleluia! Christ is risen!  The Lord is Risen indeed! Alleluia!! Few days ago, I saw a meme in social media that has the devil and God...

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