This isn’t made up

Last Sunday of Epiphany 1 Kings 19:9-18, Psalm 27, 2 Peter 1:13-21, Mark 9:2-9 If I were to make up a religion designed to make people be better than they are otherwise disposed to be, a religion that extolled selflessness, patience, courage, holiness, peaceableness, rule-following, cooperation, and all the other virtues necessary to a good, flourishing,… Continue reading This isn’t made up

Not A Problem We Can Solve

Fourth Sunday of Epiphany Deuteronomy 18:15-22, Psalm 111, 1 Corinthians 8:1-13, Mark 1:21-28 I have to confess this morning something which has plagued my mind of late. I think I might be an Atheist. Or functionally one at least. Atheist These habits of prayer and devotion that clearly come naturally to him are not unfamiliar… Continue reading Not A Problem We Can Solve

Made Ready By Hope

Fourth Sunday in Advent 2 Samuel 7:1-17, Psalm 132:(1-7) 8-19, Romans 16:25-27, Luke 1:26-38 When the people of God rejected God as their King and chose instead to have a human king like other nations, God in perhaps one of the most perplexing moments in Old Testament history, accepts their request. Dissatisfied with the unreliable… Continue reading Made Ready By Hope

Friend Of Tax Collectors And Prostitutes

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost -Proper 21 Ezekiel 18:1-4,25-32, Psalm 25:1-14, Philippians 2:1-13, Matthew 21:28-32 On the first of April 1990 a riot began in the Chapel of Strangeways Prison in Manchester England. Within an hour the inmates had taken control of the entire jail and the guards fled. They broke through the roof and stood… Continue reading Friend Of Tax Collectors And Prostitutes

Confess Jesus As The Christ And Be Saved

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost -Proper 16 Isaiah 51:1-6 Psalm 138 Romand 11:25-36 Matthew 16:13-20 One comforting lie we like to tell ourselves is that in a time of adversity and great trial we will band together, set aside petty differences, and rise above those things which keep us divided and discordant. Amongst British people this… Continue reading Confess Jesus As The Christ And Be Saved

If You Do Not Believe This, You Cannot Be Saved

Trinity Sunday The confession of faith which we will recite today begins with frightening words: Whosoever will be saved, *before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholic Faith.Which Faith except everyone do keep whole and undefiled, *without doubt he shall perish everlastingly. Without doubt perish everlastingly Perhaps this strength of this language… Continue reading If You Do Not Believe This, You Cannot Be Saved

The Good Shepherd Who Gets His Sheep Killed

The Fourth Sunday of Easter -Good Shepherd Acts 6:1-9, 7:2, 51-60, Psalm 23, 1 Peter 2:13-25, John 10:1-10 I am of that age where many of my peers are forming their adult lives. Marrying, starting careers, having children, moving and establishing lives somewhere, getting involved in a nonprofit and serving their neighbors, gaining new qualifications… Continue reading The Good Shepherd Who Gets His Sheep Killed