Tag: The Rev. Charles C. McCoart Jr.

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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The Power of Words

As you know, it’s unusual for me to focus more on one of the other Sunday readings, when ordinarily I focus on the Gospel.  Today’s reading from the Book of James was just too intriguing for me to pass up. James refers to the blessings and curses which come from the use of our tongues…

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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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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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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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The Holy Spirit is…

Greetings everyone! Today we celebrate The Feast of Pentecost.   Today is our Christian celebration of the birth of our church as recounted in the second chapter of the biblical book titled, The Acts of the Apostles.  This book is also written by St. Luke and follows his gospel telling of the life of Christ. The story…

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Being Pruned Sucks!

As most of you know, we have a lot of children in our parish and preschool.  I love watching your children grow, and I marvel at the rapid changes in their lives, changes that daily take place.  One of the things I find so fascinating is the independence that begins to develop at a very…

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