Category Archive: Sermons

May 31

Unexhausted Cup of Day

When I was living in Tennessee, I was a volunteer fireman for a few years. The fire chief went to Jack Heffner, the Headmaster of my school, and he explained to him that the school’s insurance rates depended on the response time of the fire department. To keep those response times low, he needed to …

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May 31

We Can Start Anew

There are plenty of things in life that are one-way trips. You do things that can’t be undone. In 1976 (or 1977 maybe), my girlfriend Susan and I went to see the Eagles on their Hotel California tour. If you remember the title song on that album, they talk about a hotel where you check …

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Apr 02

Jesus is not a Stranger

When I was in elementary school, we lived in Northeast Harbor, Maine. My father was the rector of St. Mary’s by the Sea. St. Mary’s had an interesting tradition on Easter Sunday. They had this four foot cross on a Christmas tree stand that was covered in chicken wire. To say this was hideous was …

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Jan 12

Have Faith

  The back story for this Gospel reading involves King Herod, and his desire to kill Jesus. This would have been Herod the Great who was a historically powerful and very cruel man. Herod was a great builder, and he built Masada among other things. Herod was also an effective military leader in many ways, …

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Dec 22

“Let it be with me according to your word.”

    There are a variety of lay ministries in a church of any size. Recognizing and supporting you folks in your work is important to me. Identifying and licensing specific people is important to the diocese. We have several categories. Two of the major ones at St. Thomas are Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEM) and …

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Dec 05

A New Year’s Resolution

As most of you know, the Common Lectionary is a cycle of scriptures that we follow in our worship. Today is the start of the church year, and so we are in year C. There is a three year cycle. Preaching from the lectionary is a discipline really. Without the lectionary, most people would just …

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Nov 18

Don’t Get Stuck

When I was taking classes at Virginia Theological, I had a professor who was the retired bishop of Bethlehem, PA. He was a very interesting guy and had taught at Yale and Gordon seminaries as well. He told us an interesting story about a mission trip they took with some seminarians to India. The mission …

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Oct 28

Being a Witness

Last Friday was the Feast of James of Jerusalem. James was described in the Gospels as the “brother of our Lord.” By tradition James was a child from a previous marriage of Joseph who would have really been a step-brother of Jesus. It is also possible that he was a cousin who lived nearby and …

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Oct 28

Walking With Jesus

The reading from Mark this week is the text for a famous sermon by the Rev. Martin Luther King called “The Drum Major Instinct.” The sermon was preached in 1968 and people still care. That is pretty good history for a sermon, and it is a tough act to follow. The challenge in trying to …

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Oct 28

What Must I Do?

All of us read the scriptures through the filter of our experiences. As you know I always pay attention when there is anything in the reading about teaching or teachers. In today’s reading, I am struck by the fact that the young man addresses Jesus as “Good Teacher.” I am immediately thinking of conversations with …

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