God is Faithful

I grew up under the shadow of my older brother, to whom everything in life seems to come easily. In high school, he was an honor student, varsity athlete, and one of the “popular” kids. As an adult, Ken has seamlessly moved up the ladder of success in the field of finance. He has the…

Fear Not, for the Kingdom isOurs

One of the great joys of this job is that I get to meet a lot of fascinating people. People who over their lifetimes have truly become the saints of God on Earth. One such person was Ken Hogan. I met Ken soon after I arrived at St Luke’s in the fall of 2003. At…

We Are the New Earth!

 A few months back I introduced what Ellen Davis refers to as the religious imagination. It is that part of our spiritual life that allows us to imagine that life on this earth can be so much better than it is. Professor Davis argues, one of the greatest challenges facing Christianity today is our failure…

Bearing Divine Fruit

My paternal Grandmother had what many would call a green thumb. Through out her house she maintained a myriad of exotic plants. Most of these plants started out as gifts from friends, often times in pots containing shoots from larger plants. In her dining room she installed a garden window. Here she kept her most…

Racism, Sin and Preparing for Christ

In recent week, there have been several discussions on racism at St. Peter’s in preparation for our lenten symposium. Like other sensitive topics, just figuring out how to approach racism in a non-judgmental way has proven difficult. Nobody wants to think or even begin to believe that they could in anyway be considered racist. As…

Nothing is Forever

This morning, I would like you to imagine being one of the disciples. You have lived your whole life in one of the small fishing villages surrounding the Sea of Galilee. Now, because you have chosen to travel with a young Rabbi named Jesus, you find yourself in the large city of Jerusalem.  Even though…

New Hope, New Possibility

I have come to believe, in order to live in Central New York, one has to be a person of great faith.  Every fall, as we head into winter, we journey forward in faith, trusting that spring will arrive sometime between March 21st and May 30th.  This year it has been especially hard to keep…

Tear Open The Heavens

Once again we enter the season of Advent, the season when we intentionally sit back to wait and watch for the coming of the Reign of God. It is the time of year when our words change quickly from “Crown Him with Many Crowns” to “O come, o come Emmanuel.” The cry of Isaiah, “O…

And Here We Wait

Several years ago, a beloved parishioner complained I had ruined Palm Sunday for her. Somehow, somewhere in the recesses of her memory, she could recall a time when the church celebrated both Palm Sunday and Passion Sunday on separate days. “Why can’t we go back to that?” She asked. “Palm Sunday is supposed to a…

We ARE the Salt of the Earth

I have to be honest, I have a hard time relating to this morning’s portion from the Sermon on the Mount. Growing up, my paternal grandmother taught the evils of salt. Salt was the enemy and caused hardening of the arteries. At Sunday dinners, when we would gather at the table, my grandmother would reinforce…

Sleepers Wake for Salvation is Nearer than You Think

The First Sunday of Advent, Year A Very recently I saw a meme on Facebook which said, “Thanksgiving, the holiday for which you give thanks for all you have and then spend the evening shopping for more.” Based on news media, it seems this may be the new reality of Thanksgiving. For days leading up…

What Makes Christ a King

Each day during school vacations the daycare programs around a different theme. Friday is always pajama day. The one day during the week when all the kids are allowed to bring their teddy bears and stuffed animals and come dressed in their pajamas to spend the day playing board games and watching movies. A new…