Category: Sermons

Oct 28

All Things are Possible

Our Gospel lesson today talks about divorce, and it also talks about children.  Actually, the part about children isn’t so much about children as it is about Christian discipleship.  Jesus tells us that we need to become like children to inherit the kingdom of God. I heard Margie Shaw preach once and she talked about …

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Oct 28

Making a Difference

I have been thinking this week about the legacy that people leave. One of the features of the pastoral care with Phylis Kelsey and her family this week has been some remembering Fr. Sheridan and his ministry at St. Thomas. He left a mark on this church. I talked about this legacy in the context …

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Sep 28

The Witness

I would like you to think of all the things done in the name of Jesus. I know that when we pray, we often close our prayers with “in Jesus’ name. Amen.” This is praying, and we pray in His name. What are some of the other things we do in the name of Jesus? …

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Sep 15

God Help Me to Be One Too!

In my Wednesday and Friday homilies last week I mentioned the diaspora. Today I am going to talk about Donatism. I was too old and cool to watch programs like Sesame Street and Electric Company when they came out, but I will admit that sometimes I would be in the room with my little sister …

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Sep 09

How Can I Keep From Singing?

I have been thinking about the readings from James the past two weeks. There are two basic messages in these readings. Last week you heard “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” This …

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Sep 01

Hypocrisy

I was told the story of a farmer in rural Indiana who had a surveyor knock on his door. The surveyor needed to get in the farmer’s field to take some readings. The farmer did not reply very quickly and seemed to be hesitating, so the surveyor showed him papers saying that he was there …

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Aug 20

Habits of our Lives

There is a movie by the same folks who made the Wallace and Gromit series. It is one of those Christmas classics you watch every year. It is called Robbie the Reindeer, and it is a really funny story about the son of Rudolph who has to live in his father’s shadow. There are a …

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Jul 28

Rest a While

Our Gospel lesson begins by saying that “the apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught.” You will remember two weeks ago, Jesus had called the twelve together. He gave them authority over unclean spirits, and then sent them out two by two. Now as the former classroom teacher, …

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Jul 28

Time Will Tell

When my daughter Sarah was little, she often asked if someone was “the boss” of her. It is a great question, and one of those one you have to figure out as you grow up. Some people can tell you to clean up your room, and other people do not have that authority. The airport …

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Jul 06

“A Christian alone is no Christian.”

Will Rogers defined an expert as someone fifty miles from home with a briefcase. I have to say, this is true in education. Heads of School are always hired from the outside. There are exceptions to this of course. John Mars at Culver {Academies} was one of the few I can think of though. This …

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