Ascension and Gratitude

Readings for the Feast of the Ascension Acts 1:1-11 Psalm 47 Ephesians 1:15-23 Luke 24:44-53 This sermon was preached at Christ Episcopal Church in Eureka CA on May 13, 2018. Today we are celebrating the Feast of the Ascension, a feast that commemorates a truth we claim and proclaim every Sunday when we say, “I believe…in Jesus […]

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John Wesley’s Three Simple Rules

Readings for the Sixth Sunday of Easter (Year B) Acts 10:44-48 Psalm 98 1 John 5:1-6 John 15:9-17 This sermon was preached at Christ Episcopal Church in Eureka CA on May 6, 2018. The Rev. Kathryn Dunning of the First United Methodist Church here in Eureka presented to me a little book of John Wesley’s Three Simple […]

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Abide

Readings for the Fifth Sunday of Easter (Year B) Acts 8:26-40 Psalm 22:24-30 1 John 7:21 John 15:1-8 This sermon was preached at Christ Episcopal Church in Eureka CA on April 29, 2018. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, […]

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Opening Our Doors to Doubt

One of the first things I learned about Episcopalians is that they don’t ask people to leave their brains at the door. Generally, Episcopalians are quite comfortable with questions and actually invite people to inquire and to probe, to challenge and to investigate. In fact, the Book of Common Prayer calls us to pray that […]

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The New Commandment of the New Covenant

Whenever God makes covenants with his people, he provides clear instructions for fulfilling our part of the agreement. We call these instructions commandments or sometimes “mandates.” God gave specific commandments to Noah and Abraham when he made his covenant with them. He commanded Moses and the children of Israel to follow the teachings of the […]

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