There’s Only One God

St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church
Chelsea, Alabama
Sunday, November 18, 2018

The Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 28B)
First Lesson: Daniel 12:1-3
Psalm 16
Second Lesson: Hebrews 10:11-25
Gospel: Mark 13:1-8

Now, O Lord, take my lips and speak with them. Take our minds and think through them. Take our hearts and set them on fire for your Gospel. In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Anyone who knows me knows that I love superheroes.

It’s true. I love superheroes and stories about superheroes. I’ve loved them ever since I was a young child when I would beg my father to make me a Batman costume after watching the classic Batman television series from the 1960s, starring Adam West. Continue reading

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A Sermon for the Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost + November 19, 2017

St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church
Chelsea, Alabama
Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost + Proper 28A
First Lesson: Zephaniah 1:7,12-18
Psalm 90:1-8
Second Lesson: I Thessalonians 5:1-11
Gospel: Matthew 25:14-30

Now, O Lord, take my lips and speak with them. Take our minds and think through them. Take our hearts and set them on fire for your Gospel. In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my good friend and mentor, Wells Warren, who is the priest and chaplain at St. Dunstan’s, the Episcopal campus ministry at Auburn University. I’ve known Father Wells for almost thirteen years. Many of you know how incredibly dear he is to me and our entire family. He’s been present with us through so many important milestones in our lives and a constant source of comfort and support.

You can imagine, then, how shocked and worried I was to discover a few weeks ago that Father Wells had been in a serious bicycle accident during his long ride along the Natchez Trace in Mississippi. When I first heard the news, I couldn’t believe what had happened. Then, I learned that the accident was also a hit and run, and I became very angry. I asked myself, “How could someone hit a cyclist on the road and simply drive off as if nothing had happened?” Thankfully, Father Wells survived the accident, but he did suffer some pretty serious injuries. He’s back at home now, continuing to recover and gradually getting back into his work at the church. Continue reading