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To Whom Was He Speaking?
The Sermon on the Mount is probably the most written about speech in history. Scholars debate the finer points of what Jesus said, as you might assume, but there has been plenty of ink and ...
I’ve noted this interesting tidbit before, but according to a recent study by the good people at Microsoft, the smartphone age has brought with it a decline in the average attention span of ...
A call to perfection
The following statement may not be true of everyone on the planet, but I think it is true of most: human beings like to know the standard by which they will be judged. Whether it is a math ...
Show your work – a sermon
Unlike some Episcopal priests I know, I have always enjoyed math. For the most part, it comes naturally to me, though I’ve often had some help along the way. Coming of age in the mid-1990s...
Life is all about choices
There is an inherent flaw in the version of Christianity that is focused entirely on grace. Well, there are probably multiple inherent flaws in it, but the one I am thinking of this morning...
Keeping one’s word
Let your yes mean yes and your no mean no. These seem like simple words from Jesus. As his disciples, as it is for all women and men, our word should be sufficient. I can think of only on...
Facebook is for Murderers
If we are really honest with ourselves, every disciple of Jesus subscribes to a smorgasbord theology of holy Scripture. That is, we pick and choose what we like, and leave behind that whic...
Choosing Mercy – a sermon
Shortly after my arrival in Foley, a parishioner named Wayne asked to meet. He had been serving on the board of the local educational enrichment foundation and asked if I could attend a mee...
Blessed are the merciful
In 2011, the state of Alabama passed a draconian immigration reform bill. HB56 was designed to make sure “illegal meant illegal” and it was as wide reaching as it was uninformed. Some of t...
Blessed are the poor in spirit… Blessed are the meek… Blessed are the peacemakers… I have been known to occasionally get fussy about the unthinking appropriation of religious language into c...
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