Yearly Archives: 2019

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The Word Declares and the Light Reveals, God Incarnate

First Sunday after Christmas (BCP; uses the same readings every year, not RCL) – Audio Isaiah 61:10-62:3Psalm 147Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7John 1:1-18 “And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.”  In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen. ✠ Did you […]

Prepare the Way of the Lord

Third Sunday of Advent (December 15, 2019) – Audio A highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way; … it shall be for God’s people; no traveler, not even fools, shall go astray. Isa. 35:8 During my academic sabbatical, three years ago now, I was interim rector of a parish in Nashville. You may not be fully aware of this, but being a rector is one of the most challenging jobs […]

First Sunday of Advent

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns […]

Children of the Resurrection

Proper 27 (32) (November 10, 2019) – Audio For he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to God all are alive. Amen.  It is perhaps not so common now, but for centuries in the Christian world a common criticism leveled at someone was that they are being “Pharisaical.” Even today, in some circles, you will hear people criticize other kinds of Christians as being “like the Pharisees.” This derives, of […]

All Saints’ Day 2019 – Beautiful & Terrible Things

It is perhaps fitting that first thing Friday morning, the First of November, All Saints’ Day, Editor Jessica sent me the final draft of Beautiful & Terrible Things. The book is written, edited, and now awaits copy editing, formatting, and marketing. Coming in at 164 pages and 51,800 words, I hope it is not overly long or too anemic. Today I had the privilege to hear Dr. Peter Kreeft speak on the question of suffering […]

Writing a book on theology.

Sparky passing along wisdom via Snoopy, as always. Charlie Brown: I hear you’re writing a book on theology. I hope you have a good title. Snoopy: I have the perfect title… “Has It Ever Occurred to You That You Might Be Wrong?” By the way, I checked with my friend artist and cartoonist Michael Jantze and he verified that this is a legit Peanuts comic and not a “meme” hack.  

Do I believe?

An excerpt from my forthcoming book, Beautiful and Terrible Things. In the months following Mack’s death I would not say that I had a crisis of faith, but I certainly felt a general malaise. I was writing about Mack’s death and my faith in his/our resurrection, and at the same time there was no doubt that I felt a pall over me. Then we decided to go to my parents’ church for Easter. The reading […]