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Anthony F.M. Clavier

Anthony F.M. Clavier

Sermons and Bible Studies

Training for the Kingdom of Heaven, Proper 12 (A) – 2017

July 30, 2017

It’s rather good for those who preach and those who hear preachers to step back and remember how Jesus communicated with his disciples and the crowds that followed him. Today’s appointed Gospel text gives us a wonderful example. As we hear Jesus talking about planting seeds, baking bread, and fishing, we are on familiar ground. […]

There Goes a Lamb, Epiphany 2 (A) – 2017

January 15, 2017

Winston Churchill once called his political opponent “a sheep in sheep’s clothing.” At least for much of the 19th Century popular art, hymnody and poetry tended to portray Jesus as “gentle Jesus, meek and mild.” Part of the problem would seem to be that we confuse love with sentimentality. Social media, for all its wonders, seems […]

What Separates Us From Each Other and From God?, Proper 21 (C) – 2016

September 25, 2016

From the earliest of times people have told stories about the wicked getting their come-uppance. It’s rooted in the now-popular belief in karma, although the idea of revenge, implicit in the way many now use the term isn’t quite what it means in Eastern religions. The parable of the rich man and Lazarus is not […]

My Lord and My God, Easter 2 (C) – 2016

April 03, 2016

Doubt is a complicated matter. It can indicate a critical mind, one that asks questions, and never takes things at face value. The opposite is a gullible mind: one that is the delight of unscrupulous sales persons, dangerous politicians, and many televangelists. There’s another type of doubt, one driven by deep emotion, an emotion stimulated […]

My Kingdom Is Not From This World, Christ the King (B) – 2015

November 22, 2015

For most of us, living as we do in a republic, imbued with democratic values, the very concept of monarchy seems remote and eccentric. True, some of us enjoy watching or reading about the latest headlines about the House of Windsor. But in an election year, even the beautiful Duchess of Cambridge or her husband […]

Christian Love, Easter 5 (B) – 2015

May 03, 2015

The word on the street is that love is easy. We just do it. We talk about chemistry, and indeed, the scientists tell us that chemistry has something to do with physical attraction. However, we know that love goes further than physical attraction. We love our parents and our children. We love our friends. There’s […]

Baptism Into the Fold, Easter 4 (A) – 2014

May 11, 2014

In her retirement, some years ago, a woman lived in the English countryside. And from her living-room window, she could see a large hill, at the top of which was the ancient parish church. One of the bell-ringers who helped summon people to worship was a shepherd. In lambing season, his flashlight could be seen at all […]

A Loving Law, Epiphany 5 (A) – 2014

February 09, 2014

One of the hardest problems we face in hearing or reading the Bible, is that of time. We don’t have time machines, and even if we did, we’d journey back in time with the ideas formed in us by our nationality, the communities in which we grew up, our family traditions, and the things we […]

Are We Like the Righteous Man?, Proper 25 (C) – 2013

October 27, 2013

In the gospel we have just heard, Jesus tells a shocking story. Perhaps you didn’t experience the shock? Part of the problem is that many of us have heard the parables so often since we were children that we know what’s coming: It’s like watching a movie for the tenth time. Another part of the […]

Those Called and Sent, Proper 9 (C) – 2013

July 07, 2013

We are good at placing burdens on our clergy. One of the most severe is to expect them to be the chief, perhaps the only agents of parish growth. We await a new rector, ready to give a list of lapsed people, former parishioners who have strayed, or perhaps even the names of people we […]

Exchanging the Peace, Easter 2 (C) – 2013

April 07, 2013

We all yearn for peace and quiet, at least some of the time. We live in a noisy, intrusive world to the point when moments of silence may feel terrifying. Even when we are relaxing, there’s a good chance that the telephone will ring – a sales pitch for something we don’t need – or […]

Redeeming Kingship, Christ the King (B) – 2012

November 25, 2012

“What’s in a name?” the Bard asks. At first sight, the title Christ the King seems to us moderns a bit antique. After all, we have just elected a president. We even elect our bishops and rectors. There is something else rather odd about the title given to Jesus in today’s feast. The word “christ” […]

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