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Patriotism and the Church’s Agenda

A thorny question that always pops up this time of year (and seems to get thornier with each passing year) is how and to what extent the churches should acknowledge Independence Day here in the USA.  A lot of Christians … Continue reading

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Are we there yet?

“Are we there yet?”  Between the goings-on of the season, and all the snow we’ve already gotten, you might be feeling that way too.  Isn’t it Christmas already?  How can it still be a week away?  Well, fun fact, this … Continue reading

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King Ahasuerus: to fear or not to fear

This is my sermon on the prologue of the book of Esther (1:1-2:4). Ah, the book of Esther… those who grew up going to Christian Sunday School classes are probably already familiar with the basic story.  But, unlike a lot … Continue reading

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The End is not The End

This is a homily on 2 Chronicles 36 for Grace Anglican Church upon Passion Sunday 2016. Passion Sunday begins “Passiontide,” a relic of days when Holy Week had a warm-up week beforehand.  We’re all familiar with Palm Sunday which brings … Continue reading

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Veteran’s Day (remembrance day)

Separated by ten days, the Church’s feast of All Saints (Nov. 1st) and the State’s holiday of Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11th) have a lot in common.  Both are opportunities in the course of otherwise-ordinary life when our community at large … Continue reading

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The Lord’s Prayer for American Right-Wingers

Have you ever got up on a Sunday morning, went to church like a good American should, and think to yourself “you know, the Lord’s Prayer really could be a little more patriotic”?  If so, this is the post for … Continue reading

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Purging Our Hearts of Despair

This is my sermon for Grace Anglican Church upon 5 July 2015, Trinity 5 What is Despair? Despair is a form of sadness and discouragement that has descended to such a point that it is sinful. It denotes a lack … Continue reading

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