Pulpit Posts 2017-06-13T16:32:54+00:00

History Once Removed

A couple of weekends ago, friends who appreciate visual art were visiting from out of town. Charlie and I took them to the Morgan Library; they had never been before, and we had gone enough times to know that, no matter what exhibits were being offered, we would probably see something interesting. We wandered through the amazing library, with its collections of Bibles and classic ancient texts. Then we walked through one gallery of Medieval renderings of monsters and another exhibiting eighteenth century portraiture and still another showing modern sketches and watercolors....

By | August 17th, 2018|

The Gift of Listening

I had dinner recently with a friend who I only see a few times a year. It was a late dinner, at the end of a very long workday, and I was very tired on my there. I was worried that I wouldn’t be a very good dinner companion. But as we talked, I began to feel better and better, and I realized that the improvement in my mood was due to a gift that my friend has -- he is excellent at being an active listener. He was truly interested in what I had to say, asked insightful questions, and didn’t jump in immediately to redirect the conversation back to himself. The experience was a great reminder that being a good listener is a real gift that we can give all the people in our lives....

By | August 10th, 2018|

Background Noise

In the church I served before coming to Holy Apostles, my office was on the same floor as the Preschool that rented space from us and occupied the Parish Hall every weekday. We also lived in a Rectory that was situated directly in between the school and the playground where the young students spent their time outside. When we first arrived, I was very aware of the sounds coming from the children as they went through their days. Other than naptime in the early afternoon (theirs, not mine!), the hours in my office and in my home were punctuated by laughter and tears, by the clatter of toys and the music from impromptu percussion bands....

By | August 3rd, 2018|

Fear of the Unknown

....Fear of the unknown traps us in despair and that’s the situation Jesus placed His disciples in. He wanted them to face that fear in their own lives. He then gives them the cure for that fear. It wasn’t another miracle or sign from heaven. He simply said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid. Those simple words removed their fear.....

By | July 27th, 2018|

Scratch The Surface…

Last week, the “Sketch Guy” at the New York Times offered a short piece titled, "Ask Yourself This: What Burdens Is That Other Person Carrying?” In it, he described getting some horrible news about the sudden death of the mother of one of his best friends. He was in an airport when he got the call with the details. He was devastated. The woman who had died was a loving and important influence during his most formative years, and upon hearing of her death he started to cry. He then ended his call and boarded his flight....

By | July 20th, 2018|

The Episcopal Church’s 2018 General Convention Addresses Justice and Love

Over the past nine days, the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church has been taking place in Austin, TX. Held every three years, General Convention is the national legislative body of our denomination. The Constitutions of both the United States and the Episcopal Church were written around the same time and so you may not be surprised to learn that the governing structures have some similarities....

By | July 13th, 2018|

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