Christianity


A Prayer for Sound Government

A Prayer for Sound Government, from The Book of Common Prayer, pp. 821-2.  O Lord our Governor, bless the leaders of our land, that we may be a people at peace among ourselves and a blessing to other nations of the earth. Lord, keep this nation under your care. To the President and members of the Cabinet, […]


God’s Will in Civil War

My good friend DS shared this quote from Abraham Lincoln regarding God’s will and the Civil War. It seems particularly applicable today, not just in the obvious tensions, but the subtle as well. It also is a very good reminder of the difficulty of discerning “God’s will.” The will of God prevails. In great contests […]


Being united in a divided world

As with all other sermons from St. B’s, the audio can be found on the St. B’s website. Third Sunday after the Epiphany (January 22, 2017), St. Bartholomew’s Nashville First reading Isaiah 9:1-4 Psalm Psalm 27:1, 4-9 Second reading 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 Gospel Matthew 4:12-23 Same Mind, Same Purpose, Same Message I have often contemplated […]


The Lamb of God

As with all other sermons from St. B’s, the audio can be found on the St. B’s website. Second Sunday after the Epiphany (January 15, 2017) First reading Isaiah 49:1-7 Psalm Psalm 40:1-11 Second reading 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 Gospel John 1:29-42 “The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” When my brother […]


What’s in a name? 7

The sermon from this past Sunday, January 1, 2017 – The Holy Name of Jesus. The audio is better than the written copy and at some point I intend to edit the text to match the sermon. In the meantime, feel free to listen to the sermon here.  Holy Name of Jesus (January 1, 2017) First reading […]


Christmas Day 2016 – Showing us what it means to be human.

The audio of the sermon is available here. It has some extra commentary and possibly worth listening to. Nativity of the Lord – Proper III (December 25, 2016) First reading Isaiah 52:7-10 Psalm Psalm 98 Second reading Hebrews 1:1-4, (5-12) Gospel John 1:1-14 וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים יְהִי אוֹר וַיְהִי־אוֹר׃ And God said, “Let there be light.” […]


Christmas: The day your heart became Bethlehem 2

Sermon for Christmas Eve 2016 — St. Bartholomew’s, Nashville. The audio is available here. Nativity of the Lord – Proper I (December 24, 2016) First reading Isaiah 9:2-7 Psalm Psalm 96 Second reading Titus 2:11-14 Gospel Luke 2:1-14, (15-20) Isa. 9:6 For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority […]


Advent 3: Listen and Look – Hear and See

My sermon from this past Sunday, Advent 3 (Yr. A). The audio can be heard on St. B’s site, where you can subscribe to all our sermons. Third Sunday of Advent (December 11, 2016) Gospel Matthew 11:2-11 What are you expecting for Christmas? The season of Advent is a time of expectation. Our lectionary and liturgy […]


News from Nashville

This year, after nearly 20 years as both an faculty member and an academic administrator, I am on my first-ever academic leave and, as readers of the blog know, I am working my book on suffering and grace. But two months ago I was contacted and asked if I would consider spending my time in Nashville […]


Fall into the arms of God

Proper 19 (24) (September 11, 2016), Trinity Church, Tyrone, PA Readings: Exodus 32:7-14 Psalm 51:1-10 1 Timothy 1:12-17 Luke 15:1-10 Today is the 15th anniversary of the attacks on New York City and Washington, DC. Thousands lost their lives that day and thousands more have died in the conflicts since. Students in college today have […]