Category: Sermons

Sep 01

The Mountaintop Experience

One thing we don’t much of in Indiana is mountains. When I came to Culver for my interview at the Academies, I remarked how very flat things were. I mean we had plenty of cows and fields of beans in Tennessee, but the hills were rolling and those fields of beans did not seem so …

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Sep 01

Take Heart

I have preached before on what I have considered to be encounters with angels. You may remember my stories about the nun who always seemed to be praying with me as I read the Daily Office at St. Rose of Lima in Murfreesboro, TN. You are more likely to remember the DNR officer when we …

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Feb 03

I’ll Be Happy

  Finish this sentence for me. I am not going to call on anyone or have you turn to your neighbor or anything. “I’ll be happy when….” There are as many endings for this sentence as there are people I think. All of us have different goals and needs. Some people want to retire or …

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Feb 03

Get Ready

  Happy New Year! Today is the first day of the church year, and so we are in Year A with the Eucharistic Lectionary and Year 1 with the Daily Office Lectionary. The honest truth is that almost no one really savors the season of Advent. We are supposed to be fasting and preparing ourselves …

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Oct 01

When did we do all those things?

  Jesus told the story of two men. There was a rich man and there was a beggar named Lazarus. The rich man lived clothed in purple and fine linen and he lived in luxury. Lazarus lay at the rich man’s gate, “full of sores, and desiring to be fed with the crumbs that fell …

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Oct 01

Being Shrewd

When my daughter Sarah was in elementary school and was a student of Marilyn Day, we had a movie about Mother Teresa of Calcutta at the house. Sarah and some friends were moved and inspired by the story of her life and the work she did. They formed a Mother Teresa club and decided to …

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Sep 03

The Challenge to Do Something

I think if you were to ask people what they hope to get out of their faith practice in the short run, many of them might say peace or serenity. There is a certain comfort in worshiping with our brothers and sisters. The Bible gives us a lot of encouragement along these lines. The prophet …

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Jun 26

The Fullness of Time

It is funny how we say one thing sometimes and we mean another. People will say they are there for you. They say they will do anything for you. What they really mean is they like the idea but don’t want a want a call at 2 AM. When I was in college, we called …

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Jun 12

Taking a Risk for the Gospel

One of the things I do when I travel is attend Episcopal Churches in different places. This is an interesting experience because it gives you some exposure to different congregations and practices. There is more variety than you might think in the practice of the faith. You would think that this BCP would standardize things, …

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May 31

Speak the Word Only …

In Jesus’ time as now, there were those who believed and those who didn’t. Oddly enough, those who failed to believe in Jesus were people like the scribes and Pharisees. These were the people who studied Scripture and who a compelling faith. You would think they would have been first to recognize the Messiah in …

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