Holy Surrender

During the summers of my undergraduate years, I taught swimming for the town I lived in. This was a great job for me back in the day. I enjoyed being in the water all day, truly enjoyed what felt like basically playing with the pre-schoolers who filled most of the beginner swimming classes. And luckily,…

Waiting for God

I often tell people patience is a virtue, and I don’t have any. Patience that is, not virtues. I, like many of us here today, I am not one who likes to wait. True to my type A personality, waiting feels like a waste of time. Time that I feel could be used for more…

From Mountain Top to The Valley Below.

As most of you are aware, Maureen, the girls and I spent last weekend in Jamaica to attend our nephew Sam’s wedding. Now I know many of you are thinking, “what a rough life, a destination wedding in the middle of February.” To some degree, you have a right to think that. But before you…

We Are All God’s Children

In the midst of the third and final presidential debate on October 19th Donald Trump captured the tenor of this whole election season when he responded to Secretary Clinton with “ I’m not the puppet, you are!” The exchange summed up how juvenile and petty the campaign has become on both sides. It also demonstrated…

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 Life we Wait For

This past Summer as Maureen and I prepared our move to Rhode Island, our younger daughter Kayleigh was coming to the end of her own time of transition. Kayleigh is our anxious child. Needless to say, she does not accept change well. Last winter she struggled through her senior year of college as she worked…

Dream It Into Reality

This morning I want to invite all of us to do something we, as Episcopalians, are not always comfortable with. I want us to take a moment to let go of the rational, to let go of the empirical and the scientific, and to delve into what Ellen Davis refers to as the religious imagination….

To See, Or Not to See

Ten years ago, I had the opportunity to bring a group of high school students on a mission trip to Toronto. As part of our experience, we went on an evening tour called The Unseen Toronto. For two hours, we walked the heart of the city as our guide pointed out the “invisible world” within…

Read, Mark and Inwardly Ingest the Flesh of Christ.

This morning we come to the end of the Bread of Life discourses that began three weeks ago with the feeding of the five thousand. Up until now, Jesus’ words have been reasonable as we are easily able to understand his use of symbolic language. This morning’s Gospel reading, however, is much harder to take…

risk It All for Christ.

My cousin Don has often joked that I am his “direct connect with God.” That I am his avoid damnation for free card. While I assume Don is only joking, the fact is, many of us today are looking for the easy route to righteousness and salvation. Or more simply put, the benefits of faith…

Still the Waters of Our Day.

How many of us long for the good old days? The mythical times of long ago, when everything in life was, well, just perfect. Those days when life was good, and it seemed as if our problems were far, far away. The only problem with the mythical good old days is, they probably never really…