Resurrection Life

Sermon Easter 3   Luke 24:36b-48, Acts 3:12-19, 1 John 3:1-7, Ps. 4 About 2 weeks ago in a Bible study session in the chapel in the prison where I serve as chaplain, we spent some time on the Easter gospel text from John which we heard last week.  As the conversation had drifted into speculation […]

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Do not doubt but believe

Do not doubt but believe. When you were very small you probably dressed up as doctors or nurses, as fire-officers or cartoon characters –my first school even had a dressing up corner at where we could play at being teachers and homemakers and all the rest. Even the youngest children learn by watching and copying […]

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The Resurrection Does Matter

HOMILY—Easter 2015—The Resurrection Does Matter          Alleluia! Christ is risen. Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia! Alleluia! Several years ago, when I first began teaching at university, I was assigned several sections of a course called the Psychology of Religion. For those of you who may wonder what that’s about—as I did at first—the Psychology of […]

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Stepping into God’s time

Sermon for Maundy Thursday We are about to do something really awkward. Really, really awkward. We are about to bare our feet to one another – feet that haven’t seen sun for months and months and months…and months. Feet with callouses and blisters and bunions. Feet with in-grown toe-nails. Tired feet. Ticklish feet. Sore feet. […]

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Jesus’ Reversal of Expectations

“Now is the judgement of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out.  And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” In the name of the holy and undivided Trinity, one God now and forever.  Amen. When was the last time you heard […]

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What’s Good News about the Wilderness?

What’s Good News about the Wilderness? I was an employee of the Sierra Club and a member of the Green Mountain Club, was a hiker and backpacker, for years before I became an Anglican, or had any notion of being a spiritual director.  So I had already seen my share of wilderness… in the White […]

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We are the dwelling place of God

All four Gospels tell the story of Jesus driving the moneychangers and animal vendors out of the temple. Matthew, Mark, and Luke place the event in the last days of Jesus’ life, presenting it as something of a culminating conflict with the religious establishment. In each of these tellings, Jesus quotes the prophet Jeremiah and […]

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Hoping against hope

Hoping against hope – For he was about one hundred years old. In the name of ….. One hundred years old is quite some age for a career change, –  Watch out Catherine and Susan – it all started for Abraham when he reached 99 – you’ve got a little way to go yet, but […]

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Overindulging in God

Blessed be God, three in one: Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer. Amen. Probably like most of us, I’ve always felt a bit ambivalent about Lent. As a youngster, I would invariably get anxious about the things I was expected to give up by the good sisters in my grammar school: no candy or chocolate, and, by […]

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At a loss for words

Today is not only the feast of the Transfiguration. It is also Theological Education Sunday, the day set aside by our diocese every year to consider the importance of theological education. I, for one, welcome the opportunity. I am a big fan of theological education – both the rather informal kind of study we do […]

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