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July 24, 2005

What is the kingdom of heaven like? Jesus seems to have a lot of different answers to that question is today’s Gospel. The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed. Or, it’s like yeast. Or, it’s like a treasure hidden in a field....

May 8, 2005

“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) In his commentary on the Acts of the Apostles, Joseph...

November 25, 2004

A man and a woman are chatting over dinner. The woman says, “John, are we ever going to get married?” The man obviously doesn’t want to answer this question. He splutters a little and replies, “Uh, thank you.” It works! The...

May 2, 2004

In a little town in a little church in southwest Missouri, the children and their Sunday school teacher were talking about Jesus. “Did Jesus speak English or Spanish?” the children wanted to know. For the most part, their parents...

March 28, 2004

“I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him.”...

August 6, 2003

It's a glorious feast today: the Transfiguration of Our Lord on the mountain top. The calendar of our Church Year (BCP, p.15ff) lists seven days as "Principal Feasts," followed by the Sundays of the year, and then by "Other Feasts of Our...

July 20, 2003

The world into which Saul of Tarsus was born was a world in which people were divided into two camps: the Jews -- that is, the chosen people of God, the ones to whom God had been revealed, the ones to whom all the promises of Hebrew...

June 1, 2003

Our reading from the Acts of the Apostles today gives us an interesting glimpse into the lives of the earliest Christians. In this story, they were fresh from having witnessed the Ascension of Jesus Christ. His last words to them were...

March 30, 2003

The story in today's Gospel has a familiar ring to it. Well, of course, it is one of the better known stories in the New Testament, appearing in all four Gospels, and, in some cases, more than once. But beyond that, it is familiar...

January 26, 2003

Simon and Andrew were literally just minding their own business, that day on the Sea of Galilee. It was just a day like any other day. How many days of their lives had they spent in the same way -- casting their net into the sea and...

September 22, 2002

A grandmother tells about growing up the oldest of four children. "My mother was always very fair," she said. "She didn't play favorites. We always knew that we could count on her to be fair. But my father -- well, that was another story...

August 18, 2002

Let us prefer nothing to the love of Christ; and may he bring us all to everlasting life. In today's Gospel we hear the remarkable story of a Canaanite woman who comes to Jesus seeking healing for her daughter. "Canaanite"...

March 31, 2002

Let us prefer nothing to the love of Christ; And may he bring us all to everlasting life. Brothers and sisters, we come together this Easter Day to celebrate. Christ is risen, and we affirm: "The Lord is risen indeed....

March 30, 2002

Dear Friends in Christ: On this most holy night, in which our Lord Jesus passed over from death to life, the Church invites her members, dispersed throughout the world, to gather in vigil and prayer. For this is the Passover of the Lord...

January 13, 2002

Last week we celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany, the manifestation of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles. In these Sundays following the Epiphany you will hear a series of stories and teachings that carry out the theme of God made manifest...

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