When the Church is Dangerous

Reflecting on predators in the Church This week was the third time.  The other day I was talking with local clergy colleagues about how society has made safety into an idol.  We discussed how the Gospel calls us to make sacrifices and take risks.  That our lives, even apart from the Gospel, can never be […]

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Funny, Tenacious, Kind, Maundy Thursday 2017

How would you describe your Church? Without using family, loving, welcoming, or community.   The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Jn13:1-17, 31B-35.     Listen:

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There is a balm in Galilee

There is a balm in Galilee.  Or at least that’s what I’m looking and hoping for, a balm in Galilee.  The better known Balm of Gilead is only mentioned a few times in scripture and always as something with extraordinary healing properties, rare, and valuable.  The idea was later adopted and incorporated into an African […]

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REACHing Breakthrough, August 2015

Today was Commitment Sunday, the official end of St Peter’s REACH Campaign.  REACH is a parish based, diocesan capital campaign to raise money for mission and ministry.   You can read about the Diocesan portions of the campaign. At St Peter’s we’ve been focused on ways we can make our parish more accessible.  To that […]

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Why The Episcopal Church?

I drove to and from my vestry meeting last night listening to episodes of The Collect Call.  If you don’t listen to Brendan and Holli, I heartily recommend this.  I enjoy it because they are church-y but they are also just plain delightful and entertaining.  Holli and Brendan offer The Collect Call as part of […]

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Being a Scholar Priest

“In all that you do, you are to nourish Christ’s people from the riches of his grace, and strengthen them to glorify God in this life and in the life to come.” Book of Common Prayer, 531 I was at Camp as the priest of the week. Right before bedtime, a Counselor brought a camper—an […]

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For the Benefit of Non-Members, Lent 4 2014

“The Church is the only society that exists for the benefit of non-members.” (Widely attributed to Archbishop of Canterbury William Temple) Listen: The lessons can be found by clicking here.  This is one of the rare occasions where I didn’t work with them much. You can find the Anglican Church of Canada Catechism question I […]

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To Elevate the Host

It was January 2002, the weekend before my 2nd semester of college began. It was the beginning of my acceptance of a priestly vocation and I was sitting in a room at a Church 5 hours away from home, further from college. A priest, whom I’ve known for years and love and respect, said that he […]

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SR St Peter’s 100th Anniversary

Link: St Peter’s 100th Anniversary Summary of what I was saying and why: Sunday was approximately 100 years since the dedication of St Peter’s. We had a 1914 style service followed by a Parish lunch. It was a great day. All I wanted to do was say something about the history of St Peter’s, of […]

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