Taming Our Wild Beasts

“He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts.” … It is probably because my name is Daniel that I have always had a particular love and fondness for lions: those in the Bible, those in the wild, and that not-so-safe but good one in the land […]

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Prayers for Redeemer

On this last day of 2017, which is also my next-to-last Sunday here with you, I want to say thank you for these fifteen months of ministry together. It’s been a true joy for me and it feels like it’s been a real good match. One of my youth minister colleagues said she felt like […]

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The Episcopal Namaste

One of the first things I picked up from the Episcopal Church was saying “The Lord be with you,” a call-and-response practice mostly unknown to the evangelical communities within which I grew up. I love this salutation and have come to appreciate all of its variations. Although we, like most Episcopalians respond to the “Lord […]

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The Soft Animal Sermon

  I’d like to begin this sermon with a poem from a book I received this week from the president of the Redeemer Preschool board, Kristin Maguire. It’s a collection of poems by an Episcopal poet named Mary Oliver and the poem is called “Wild Geese.” We have actually been singing an abridged version of […]

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