Category Archives: Sermons

Short people got reason to live after all

A sermon preached at St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church in Durham, N.C., October 30, 2016. Gospel: Luke 19:1–10 It’s funny what we remember and don’t remember from childhood. The church my family attended until I was seven years old is a … Continue reading

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The eve of destruction

A sermon preached at St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church in Durham, N.C., February 28, 2016. Gospel: Luke 13:1–9 It’s 30 AD, give or take. Galilee is abuzz with the news of yet another atrocity of the despised Roman governor Pontius Pilate—one … Continue reading

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Children of the (Christmas) Revolution

A sermon preached at St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church in Durham, N.C., on December 20, 2015. Luke 1:39–55 That’s a heck of a greeting Mary gets from her cousin. “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your … Continue reading

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We walked for miles to see him

I read this poem, or rather story in the form of a poem, in lieu of preaching a sermon on John 6:1–15 at St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church on July 26. I had no great words of wisdom to offer about … Continue reading

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The Lord is not a shepherd

A sermon preached at St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church in Durham, N.C., on April 26, 2015. John 10:11-18 Psalm 23 I was determined that I was not going to stand up here and talk about sheep, but in thinking about today’s … Continue reading

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Listening with the ears of God

A sermon preached at St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church in Durham, N.C., on October 5, 2014. Matthew 21:33–46 One afternoon last week I spent a little time at the Durham Arts Council, walking through the galleries, looking at the exhibitions of … Continue reading

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