Tag: Clergy

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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Holy Courage

The theme of God’s people struggling to survive in a sophisticated, alien culture appears all throughout the Bible, especially in the Old Testament.  This theme is central to the Book of Esther, which supplies today’s first reading. Today is the only Sunday in our three-year cycle of readings when we hear from this book.  That’s…

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Good Housekeeping

The 31st chapter of the Book of Proverbs presents us today with the resume of a “spiritual Martha Stewart.” Telford Work, in Feasting on the Word, characterizes it as “an impossible job description…she makes her own clothes; she gets up in the middle of the night to get everyone else going; she takes care of…

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Noisy Christians

You may already know this about me but I am not by nature a quiet person. Third child in a household of six, I had to speak up loud and clear to be heard. An extrovert par excellence, I feel compelled to fill awkward silences in awkward conversations. An extrovert, who also happens to have…

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I Need the Bread of Life

Bread and more bread huh? Every three years in our lectionary cycle we have a summer of “Bread of life” sermons from Jesus in John’s Gospel. Now many Episcopalians are not at church during this time but since I have been a priest in training or a new priest or a supply priest for the…

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Mother Jesus

Offensive. It is amazing how little our culture finds offensive: in films, on the internet, on primetime, cable, and streaming TV. There’s a cornucopia of binge-worthy series to watch with all kinds of sketchy situations and deliciously salacious scenarios. (Which I am totally guilty of watching myself!😊) Now I am no prude. I do not…

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Wonder Bread

My apologies to the gluten-intolerant. (Though I am happy for you that there is gluten-free everything,  including communion wafers😊.) Yes, my apologies, but I do I confess that I am CRAZY about gluten. “Bread is the staff of life,” has been my motto since I was a child. Remember Wonder Bread? Wrapped in a package printed with bright balloons, the…

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