It’s Week to Week

It’s Week to Week   Recently at a meeting of rectors of old downtown churches, a newer colleague was sharing some of the challenges of his new position. Referring to my longer tenure, he said, “I can’t wait to get to that nice, secure place with my parish like Robert has.” I replied, “Hey, it’s […]

Wisdom of Job

Wisdom of Job   A thoughtful reading of scripture reveals great consistency from the Old Testament to the New Testament. We might think the Old Testament is about an angry and vengeful God and that, somewhere along the way, God changes his mind and decides to be kinder and merciful. The laws of Leviticus do […]

Repentance and Grace

Repentance and Grace   One question I always ask couples as they prepare to be married is, “Which one of you usually apologizes first?” It does seem to be true that, in most relationships, one person tends to take the lead in apologizing either from some discomfort with conflict or more of a willingness to […]

Fear and Hope

Fear and Hope   Pulitzer Prize winner Jon Meacham, a good Episcopalian and graduate of Sewanee, has a new book entitled The Soul of America: The Battle for our Better Angels which is well worth reading. In some ways it is a challenging commentary on current politics but it is refreshingly non-partisan and above the […]

Forgiveness Heals

Forgiveness Heals   “You meant it for evil against me, but God meant it for good….” (Genesis 50.20). Joseph, having been sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, is eventually able to forgive them for what they have done. That forgiveness doesn’t come easily to Joseph but, after a lot of struggle and a lot […]

Inner Voice

Inner Voice   A few of my favorite teenagers recently asked to meet with me one-on-one before they went off for college. I’m sure all were prompted by their parents but they followed through and made the appointments. In a way they were saying goodbye to me and their church home. I’ve known them all […]

Retiring the Debt

In the year 2000 St. John’s embarked on an ambitious building project which included new construction of 20,000 square feet of office, classroom, and meeting space; renovating 20,000 square feet of old office and meeting space including the parish hall; a new kitchen; a new roof for the church; a completely rebuilt organ; the enclosure […]