Previous Messages from the Rector

Saying Goodbye and Hello

So we’re losing another great Associate Rector and gaining still another great Associate Rector. We’ve done both more than a few times over the years and it’s a rhythm we’re becoming used to. This time […]

What’s Next for the Strandlunds?

As many of you have heard, Lucy and I are leaving St. John’s at the end of this month.  Many of the details of our move—where we’ll be living, what I’ll be doing for work, […]

Ascended Christ

When young people graduate from high school or college their worlds begin to change pretty rapidly. Their relationship with their parents begins to shift dramatically or at least it should. There is new freedom. There […]

Obedience and Results

The fifth chapter of Luke’s gospel recounts Jesus teaching a large crowd on the shore of a lake as he sits in Simon Peter’s fishing boat. After he finishes addressing the crowd Jesus tells Simon […]

The Best is Yet to Come

  Nostalgia may well be part of original sin. Looking to the past instead of the future can make it nearly impossible for us to know God’s presence in our lives or to live into […]

I am the Gate

Think about your church – God’s church, what draws you here, what keeps you here, and what you would like to see here. Jesus talks about being the Good Shepherd. We are used to hearing […]

The End of All Things

“The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter […]

Your Faith Has Made You Well

On a few occasions, as Jesus heals, he tells people their faith has made them well. A woman with a hemorrhage for twelve years touches the fringe of his garment and is healed. Bartimaeus, who […]

Be Content

Colossians 3:18-4:1, a controversial passage in our modern times, invites people of various circumstances to be content in their current situations. Wives, husbands, children, parents, even slaves, should accept their situations and approach their tasks […]

Withered Fig Tree

What does a withered fig tree represent to you? On Monday, during the last week of his life, Jesus passes by a fig tree which has no fruit on it and says, “May  no one […]

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