Happy Advent!

I’m recording this message from home on Wednesday before Thanksgiving – so a Happy Thanksgiving shout-out to all of you for tomorrow.  I hope you have a wonderful and delicious day surrounded by love.  You deserve that. Okay, on to our First Sunday of Advent homily: It should be no secret or surprise to anyone…

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Thanksgiving for Christ the King

This week we celebrate two feast days: today is “Christ the King” Sunday, where we reflect on God’s claim of dominion in our lives, with our Gospel reading the dramatic courtroom confrontation between Pilate and Jesus. Thursday is Thanksgiving, our great American celebration day, with the dramatic confrontation over whether to have that second piece…

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The Widow’s Mite

Almost a year ago, I was in Florida to witness the vows of my nephew Zack to his fiancé Samantha.   In my heart I knew where I needed to be.  Right there, in sunny tropical Florida with my nephew and the love of his life.   In my head I wondered if any of…

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Blind Bartimaeus

Mark 10:46-52 They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many…

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How Big is Your Faith?

Homily for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, October 10, 2021 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, on the occasion of the The Right Rev. Porter Taylor’s episcopal visitation to the parish to celebrate Baptism & Confirmation. The man thought he knew all there was to know about religion. He spent years studying the Torah. Every day he…

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