Sermons

Holy Ground

We all know someone like him. Who has everything. Who is gifted. Who has all the advantages. Everything is going for him. A bright future full of promise but who despite it all throws it away. Moses. Moses was a murderer. A life of privilege and miraculous rescue, yet...

From the Snare

I once rode a bus across the Rift Valley of East Africa. Though, I didn’t get to see much. The bus was literally packed three layers high with occupants. We road from Nairobi to Lake Victoria. By the time we arrived I was in pretty bad shape. It only took about six...

Under the Table

Family gatherings. What do we do with them? I have a large extended family. Most have stuck nearby. No need for reunions. We have several gatherings every year. It is always a chaotic stampede of the old and young, people dropping in and out. One of my favorites was...

Living the Dream

This is the story of a family. More specifically it is the story of a family with dark secrets that destroy it. Surprisingly it is also the story of bringing good out of bad. It is a story that shows us something about God and the way of God in a world full of dark...

Face to Face

I grew up watching rerun episodes of classic TV westerns like Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Maverick, the Rifle Man and Stage Coach. Saturday afternoons seemed to often have cowboy movies, spaghetti westerns like The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and a Fist Full of Dollars. But, my...

Waking Up

How sweet it is when a trickster gets tricked! When the sneak gets out sneaked! When the wily one gets played. Justice is sweet. These make the best stories. Jacob has the proverbial rude awakening. In a scene straight out of a National Lampoon movie, Jacob wakes up...

God Bless this Mess

July. When gardens go wild, semi feral becomes the natural state of most perennial and vegetable gardens. They get out of hand, brambles, sweet pea, tomato vines, okra, wisteria, and muscadine all conspire to become a primordial jungle in July. Let’s not talk about...

The Sower

When it comes time for planting pole and bush beans I till the soil and mound it up, dig a trench and carefully space the seeds evenly in the trench pressing the seeds an inch or two in the soil. Then it is up to sunlight and rain. Sowing seed is a careful thing, a...

Independence Day 2017

"When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God...

Ascension Sunday 2017

It’s funny how some things make you go all slack jawed. Hot air balloons still do that for me. Reminds me of one Sunday a few years ago when one popped during the 8 o’clock liturgy. The man fell a thousand feet and landed in a tree just down McDuffie street. He had a...