The Higher Authority

Years ago, Hebrew National Hotdogs ran an advertising campaign featuring Uncle Sam smiling while holding a hotdog. The voice over discussed all the artificial ingredient the United States Food and Drug Administration allowed them to use to produce a hotdog. The tag line at the end was, “not us, we have to answer to a…

Today is Pentecost

This morning we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost, the day when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles and the Good News of Christ was spoken in the languages of the known world. Traditionally, this day has been celebrated as the birthday of the Church, it has also been seen as the reversing of the…

The More Things Change

I have often heard it said, ” the more things change the more things stay the same.” This is akin to a basic law of the Episcopal Church, “if we’ve always done it that way, why change now.” Both attest to the fact that the basic function of any group, whether a church or a…

God is Still Speaking

Paul Tillich once wrote, “Prayer begins when words stop.” It is a brief commentary on what is so often amiss in modern prayer life. Too often we perceive God as our cosmic Santa Claus to whom we ask that all our concerns and fears be taken away. We forget that prayer is meant to be…