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A strange beginning to Advent


Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, ‘Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with…(Read More)

It is an interesting thought to ponder –that while this nation was wracked in increasing political gridlock and friction and the threat to the Union regarding the boundaries of States’ rights and equality-liberty-and-justice for all, Williams chose to look beyond the horizons of his nativity and set his sight on Asia…(Read More)

On Seeing the Light


… we await the coming of that Light in a stable, at the edge of town, among simple people who remember their Maker and Redeemer and rejoice to see the glory of God shine forth in the face of a poor and humble child…(Read More)

The St. Anne earworm


This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you; in them I am trying to arouse your sincere intention by reminding you that you should remember the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets, and the commandment of the Lord and Saviour spoken through your apostles. First of all you…(Read More)



Traditionally, when commentaries discuss this story, the tree is described as being barren. But in that flip-flop way of the Hebrew tradition, is this a story less about the barrenness of the fig tree, and more about it covering absolutely nothing with its showy leaves…(Read More)

Savior of the Nations, Come!


“Baptism is the sacrament of the extraordinary unity among humanity, wrought by God in overcoming the power and reign of death; in overcoming all that alienates, segregates, divides, and destroys [people] in their relationships to each other, within their own persons, and in their relationship with the rest of creation.” William Stringfellow, Instead of Death…(Read More)

Creating hope


We tend to think of Advent solely from the Christological perspective and tend to forget its power to illustrate another piece of the Trinity–the Holy Spirit’s power of creating hope from the ashes of despair, and its role of guiding us from darkness to light…(Read More)



As they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. There were two blind men sitting by the roadside. When they heard that Jesus was passing by, they shouted, ‘Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!’ The crowd sternly ordered them to be quiet; but they shouted even more loudly, ‘Have mercy on us…(Read More)

Doing what momma says …


While Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside by themselves, and said to them on the way, .‘See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death; .then they will hand…(Read More)

On Thanksgiving


You crown the year with your goodness, * and your paths overflow with plenty. May the fields of the wilderness be rich for grazing, * and the hills be clothed with joy. (Psalm 65:12-13) I most recently preached about this Psalm at a wedding. It is a harvest song, and it is also appointed for…(Read More)

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