Sermon, 1/28/24: Miracles are for real!

4 Epiphany Psalm 111; Deuteronomy 18:15–20; 1 Cor. 8:1–13; Mark 1:21–28 They were all amazed…He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.  Mk 1.27f This past week, I had a most interesting discussion around my dinner table with someone, about whom I would least likely have said, he believes in miracles.   But he …

Sermon, 1/21/24: Searching for a Prophet

3 Epiphany Psalm 62; Jonah 3:1–5,10; 1 Corinthians 7:29–31; Mark 1:14–20 Instead of citing a word from scripture, as is traditionally the case when clergy announce the thesis for homilies, sermons, and meditation, I begin today my meditation with a poem written by Arthur Campbell Ainger.  Ainger was born 4 July 1841 to a priest …

Sermon 1/14/24: What is a Calling? Finding Our Unique Selves!

2 Epiphany Psalm 139:1– 5, 12–17; 1 Samuel 3:1–10; 1 Corinthian 6:12–20; John 1:43–51 On Friday, 6 January, we celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany.  By today’s standards of the 24-hour news cycle, that is now old news.  Indeed, today, on the Second Sunday after the Epiphany, we have begun our pivot toward the Forty Days of Lentwhich begins on Ash Wednesday, 14 February, but only a month …

Sermon, 12/24/23: A Lifetime Warranty

Christmas Eve Readings for Advent IV Readings for Christmas I Recently, I read a book.  Given my previous profession, as well as my current one, it would not surprise me if you were to think: “So, what’s so noteworthy about that.  You have devoted your entire life to reading books.  That’s what professors and priests …