Sermons

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...

Great Love

Life is all about transitions. Life is full of beginnings and endings. Life is full of moments of conception and moments of dying. When things come together and when they unravel. We walk around like normal, not seeing the changes going on in the lives around us....

Lots of Room

Hell and Heaven. Whether we believe in them or not, the ideas, the images, the language is part of who we are. A bad place, a bad situation, pain, punishment, the experience and idea of hell usually involves these things, a place where there is no room, crowded,...

Shepherd

We have all been hurt. And we have all caused harm. It makes it difficult -to trust, to connect, to care, to love, to fully live. The more it happens -the more difficult it gets. The truly great…they turn that pain into something creative and life-giving, into...

Indeed

It’s that time of the year. The season of the appearances, of God showing up. We are, as Flannery O’Connor wrote, “Christ haunted.” We are hearing the post-Easter appearance stories of Jesus, Jesus in the resurrection body, physical hauntings if you will. “The Lord is...

Good Dirt

Some bad ideas have a lot of staying power. You just can’t shake them. One of the earliest bad ideas of faith, the original sin of faith, is that creation is a bad thing, a barrier and a prison to true spiritual development. Faith and life in the Spirit are then...