A Work In Progress

The Season of Advent is a time when all Christians have the privilege to delve into their religious imagination and actively wonder what does the Reign of God look like? While such daydreaming might be difficult, being surrounded by the season of hope and expectation makes it a little easier to imagine a world where…

The Reign of God is all About Us

This morning the prophet cries, “O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence—“ as the psalmist laments,”  O Lord God of hosts, *how long will you be angered despite the prayers of your people?” This begins our Season of Advent. Israel is in dire straits, still…

More Valuable than Gold

There are two types of people, those who see the glass as half empty and those who see the glass as half full. St. Paul was one who saw the glass half full. In this morning’s reading from his letter to the Philippians, St. Paul extorts his reader to “Rejoice in the Lord always.” Powerful…

Thy Will be Done.

  “Thy will be done.” These words are probably as familiar to us as our own names. For most of us, we began reciting these four simple words almost as soon as we learned to talk. The problem with familiarity however, is that over time, as the words roll off our tongues by rote, we…

De we Believe or Not Believe 

 The theme of our Easter journey together has been about challenge. On Palm Sunday we were challenged to acknowledge the darkness within as we became the crowd and shouted to crucify Jesus. On Maundy Thursday, we were challenged, along with Peter, to allow Christ to wash our feet in order to allow Christ to love…

Stand Up For Jesus

In the second act of the musical Chicago, Amos Hart sings “Mr. Cellophane Man.” as he laments his being invisible to the world. According to his song, being the poor, undereducated, and the neglected husband of Roxie Hart made him a nonperson in the eyes of the Chicago Tribune and Billy Flynn his wife’s lawyer….

Love +Faith = Forgiveness

How many of us have often thought, “if only I had more faith?” I find it comforting this morning that we are not the first to have felt this way. This morning’s Gospel begins with the disciples asking Jesus to help them “ increase their faith.”  Unfortunately the request is taken out of context. For…

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…

Can You See what God Sees

In November of 1989, one month after Chelsea was born, Maureen and I closed on what was the first and only house we have ever owned. The house was built in the late 20’s and was, shall we say, in need of some work. Well actually, lots of work! In fact, the house needed a…

Marked as Christ’s Own For Ever

The following is a homily presented by Joshua Barrett, an OCC student attending St. Luke’s. Just this past September I made a very permanent decision. I got my first tattoo. It is a Jerusalem cross, with equally long sides and four smaller crosses in its corners. I was extremely excited for this symbol to be…

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

On December 10th, Maureen’s family welcomed John Edward Winters IV into the world. At just over six pounds, Ward, as he will be known, is quickly becoming the most photographed and media savvy child in Kentucky. Ward is greatly loved and a total wonder to his parents and grandparents. Each day, his parents post a…

There Is More To It Than Just Showing Up.

We have all been there, planned a dinner party weeks in events, looked forward to the event, to being with friends and family when at the last minute calls start coming in. One can’t make it because of a sick child, another has to cancel because of car trouble and another has had to rush…