Tag: Ordinary Time

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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Crushing Tin Cans for Jesus

Today is one of those rare occasions when I have not chosen the Gospel reading to preach on.   Last Sunday we began a five-week series on the Bread of Life discourse from St. John’s Gospel, so we’ll come back to Eucharistic themes several more times throughout the month of August.  Instead, please let me…

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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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Gut-wrenching Compassion

We’re working our way through the sixth chapter of Mark’s gospel this month, taking a deep look at what it means to live like Jesus.  Living like Jesus is more than just doing what Jesus does, and saying what Jesus says.  Living like Jesus means having the same purpose and identifying ourselves completely with Christ. …

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Cool. Clear. Water.

When I was a child “Cool Clear Water” was one of my father’s favorite songs. When my dad sang this song you knew he was in a good mood. At least for the time being, all was right with the world. After a long hard day’s work at the hospital, my dad would come home…

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It’s hard to go home again.

You Can’t Go Home Again is a great American novel by Thomas Wolfe, published in 1940.  The novel tells the story of George Webber, a novice author, who writes a book that turns out to be filled with references to his hometown of Libya Hill, which was actually Asheville, North Carolina. The book was an unqualified…

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