Follow the Leader

Every Celebrant of the Eucharist has just a little different way of leading the liturgy and our job, as participants, is to follow their lead. Some churches have only one priest and worshipers get really used to that person’s cadence and pace. With several priests on our staff, worshipers at St. John’s are more accustomed […]

Halftime Adjustments

Halftime Adjustments   At halftime, during a Junior High School basketball game, Coach Blanton began a rant we had never seen from him before. We were playing poorly and he was furious with us. He banged his fist on the lockers, threw towels around, kicked at the wall. “You boys have got to run the […]


Denial   “Again Peter denied it, and at that moment the cock crowed.” (John 18:27)   Peter was in the inner circle of the apostles, one who spent more time with Jesus and was even more devoted than the others. Yet even Peter denied knowing Jesus when he thought it may cost him some form […]

Competitive Faith

Three years ago, after a fifteen year layoff, I returned to the tennis court and have thoroughly enjoyed the more vigorous exercise and face to face competition that it supplies. One of the first things I noticed was how much better tennis shoes and tennis rackets are now than they were when I last played. […]


To be a person of privilege is an odd sort of thing. It is to be given a certain amount of power merely by virtue of our existence, whether we want it or not. I was born into privilege. My family was not wealthy but the society we lived in rewarded us with opportunities not […]

LENT 2018

I invite you, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word. (BCP, page 264)   Ash Wednesday, February 14 – Imposition of Ashes and the Holy Eucharist 7:00 am; 12:05 pm; 5:30 […]

Vestry, Staff, Parish

At our Annual Parish Meeting on January 21, 7 people were elected to serve a 3 year term on the Vestry. From the outstanding slate of nominees, containing supremely qualified candidates, these 7 now join the Vestry: Virginia Banister Richard Bradford Kat Dailey Mike Jenkins Jimmy McLemore Stephanie Norrell Todd Westhauser As we offer congratulations […]

Shared DNA

“If you spot it, you got it.” Anyone who has done substantial work on personal growth is familiar with this adage. The people I find the most irritating and frustrating are the ones who somehow mirror something inside myself that I have not come to terms with. People who brag and exaggerate their accomplishments or […]