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The Modern Mantra, Trinity Sunday (C) – 2013

May 26, 2013

It’s the modern mantra. People chant it all the time: “I’m spiritual, but not religious. I’m spiritual, but not religious.” “Religion” has become a dirty word. Maybe it’s the nun […]

Crooked Little Heart, Lent 3 (C) – 2013

March 03, 2013

In the movie “The American President,” Annette Bening plays Sydney Ellen Wade, an environmental lobbyist. Her job is to convince the White House to advocate for higher automobile emission standards. […]

Complex Darkness, Advent 3 (C) – 2012

December 16, 2012

[RCL]: Zephaniah 3:14-20; Canticle 9; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:7-18 Technically, Christmas lasts 12 days. It starts at sundown Christmas Eve and continues until January 6, the Epiphany. In the old […]

We All Do What We Can, Epiphany 2 (B) – 2012

January 15, 2012

Hannah was barren. She could not have children. In the ancient times, this was a disgrace, but her husband loved her and did not care. Hannah cared. She stood deeply […]

God. Is Too Big For…, Trinity Sunday (A) – 2011

June 19, 2011

God. Is too big for your brain. You cannot capture nor contain God. In the movie “Three Weddings and Funeral,” the hapless priest repeatedly butchers the name of the Trinity: […]

Holy Dying, Good Friday – 2011

April 22, 2011

Holy dying. There is a truth about the phrase “holy dying,” which seems to come from the title of Jeremy Taylor’s work, The Exercises of Holy Living and Holy Dying, […]

A Man Was Walking through the Mall…, Feast of the Epiphany – 2011

January 06, 2011

A man was walking through the mall. He came to an escalator and decided to go up a floor. As he approached, he noticed a warning sign: “Dogs must be […]

Sometimes People Want…, Christ the King (C) – 2010

November 21, 2010

Sometimes, people want to know why, in the Gloria, we use the phrase “sin of the world,” singular, rather than “sins of the world,” plural. Good question. But first let’s […]

The Promise of Pentecost…, Day of Pentecost (C) – 2010

May 23, 2010

[NOTE TO READER: In paragraph 22, the Hebrew word ruach is pronounced “ROO-ark.”] The promise of Pentecost is baptism. “The one coming after me,” the Baptist promised, “will baptize you […]

Light Is Born, Christmas Eve – 2009

December 24, 2009

The stars in Africa shine brightly. Like when you were a child, and there was far less light pollution than there is now. The dark of a night without moon […]

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