Sermon Series: Just Preach It!

For the season of Epiphany, I took a cue from my time as a seminary intern at First United Methodist in Huntsville, Alabama, and I preached my first sermon series.  Now let's be honest, this is not my natural inclination.  Trust me, I was more than a bit uncomfortable taking this leap.  However, during my... Continue Reading →

Retrace and Rewrite

First Sunday in Lent, Year B My first hike up the old, eternal Cave Rock—situated on the Eastern shore of our lake—occurred on February 12th, 2015.  It was my first and thankfully not my last trip to Tahoe.  My beloved had taken me on a pilgrimage to sacred sites surrounding the Lake.  The day was unseasonably warm... Continue Reading →

Lent and Love: The Perfect Pair

Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018 My friends, our Ash Wednesday observances and the feast of St. Valentine do not appear to go hand in hand.  In fact, in many ways they seem to be exact opposites—evoking a varied array of emotions within us as we consider the implications of each day.  And yet (through coincidence or perhaps... Continue Reading →

Commitment to Community

Last Sunday after the Epiphany Will you continue in the apostles' teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in the prayers? Over the course of this Epiphany season—a season when we celebrate Christ’s mission and ministry in the world, those numerous miraculous, mountaintop experiences—, we at St. Patrick’s have had our own occasions to celebrate, our... Continue Reading →

Who is my Neighbor

the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany, Year B "Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?" the Book of Common Prayer p. 304 On my first journey West as a young adult, I landed in Colorado Springs, Colorado, during a seminary internship as a hospital chaplain.  I was completely unaware of how... Continue Reading →

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime. Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad (1869), Vol. II, Conclusion.

Amazing Grace

The Third Sunday after Epiphany, Year B Will you persevere in resisting evil, and whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?  I will with God's help. Amazing Grace! How sweet the sound, That saved a wretch; like me! I once was lost, but now am found, Was blind, but now I see.... Continue Reading →

Will we be prophets too?

The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany, Year B   Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being? I will with God’s help. BCP p. 305 While I was in seminary (I know, not that long ago) there seemed to be this obsession amongst my professors & classmates with... Continue Reading →

Come & See

The Second Sunday after Epiphany, Year B “Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?  I will with God’s help.” BCP p. 205 That summer before high school, when I stepped foot on the hallowed grounds of wonderful, wonderful Camp McDowell—the summer camp for the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama—, I was nervous.  I... Continue Reading →

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