In Sure and Certain Hope

In Sure and Certain Hope

Rogation Sunday is upon us. The Sunday before Ascension Day is traditionally a day when we raise our voices to God in supplication for health, prosperity, justice, and well-being for ourselves, the community, and the whole world. While the focus is often on...
The Lord is my Shepherd

The Lord is my Shepherd

We often refer to this Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Eastertide, as Good Shepherd Sunday.  Some of our most beloved—and simultaneously puzzling—readings fall on this Sunday, Psalm 23 and John 10:1-18, the Good Shepherd Discourse.  Both of these passages describe and...
Ring out, wild bells!

Ring out, wild bells!

The new year has arrived, and I have been reflecting on our times.  My mood has been somewhat melancholy.  The discipline of history has become quite sophisticated and nuanced, and we know more about our past than ever, and yet we seem no more interested in learning...
Oh Advent! Rich in Metaphor & Mystery!

Oh Advent! Rich in Metaphor & Mystery!

So last week I offered my translation of the first three of the O Antiphons, and today I will share my translation of two more. I’ve been a little free, but not too wild in my departure from tradition. I confess it has been fun for me to read a little Latin again,...
Oh Advent! Rich in Metaphor & Mystery!

O Advent! You are so full of arcane traditions!

Among the ancient traditions of Advent are the “O” Antiphons. From at least the 8th century Christians have recited one these seven little prayers during each evening worship service (vespers) in the week leading up to Christmas. Each “O” addresses Jesus...
Welcome to Stewardship Season!

Welcome to Stewardship Season!

Please, stop calling it stewardship season! This is a misnomer. The Christian value of stewardship is a year-round endeavor of constantly keeping track of our resources and the gifts we have to share, and then applying a loving heart and a prudent mind to the task of...
Forgiveness, Repentance, Reconciliation & Grace

Forgiveness, Repentance, Reconciliation & Grace

This week we have seen circulating around the internet the footage of Brandt Jean offering his forgiveness to Amber Guyger, the woman who murdered his brother Botham.  You can view footage of Mr. Jean’s impact statement here: Click to View Video I want to say a few...
The Two Thousand Year-Old Book Club, or Why Bible Study Matters

The Two Thousand Year-Old Book Club, or Why Bible Study Matters

A lot of people think Episcopalians have no real relationship with Scripture.  Because we have historically spent more time with our prayer books than our bibles, there is a misperception that we do not value Scripture or at least the the Bible is subordinate to our...
“Remember, I am with you always…”

“Remember, I am with you always…”

“Remember,” Jesus says at the end of Matthew’s Gospel – his final words to his disciples – “Remember, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” And that is a promise – a promise to remember always, to hold on to, amidst the changes which are all around us....
And We’re Off!

And We’re Off!

Tonight and tomorrow—Friday through Saturday—your vestry and I are out at Claggett Camp and Conference Center to eat, pray, and plan together for the coming program year.  It’ll be my first vestry retreat, and I feel grateful to be going with a group that is already...
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