Category: Message from the Rector

Radical Gospel, Practical Church

Radical Gospel, Practical Church   This time next year I will not be leading a parish. For 45 years, I have been either preparing to go to seminary, in seminary, or ordained as a leader of an institution. For 33 years, I have been directly responsible as a rector for the affairs of parishes. What […]

Let Me Receive My Sight

Let Me Receive My Sight   In the 18th chapter of Luke, as Jesus is traveling to Jerusalem near the end of his life, he approaches Jericho and there a blind man is sitting by the roadside begging. He asks Jesus to have mercy on him. When Jesus asks him what he wants, the man […]

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 […]

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 is increased responsibility. There is new opportunity for them to discover and pursue their purpose in life. It’s an exciting […]

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 the potential God has for us. In its kindest form nostalgia is based in gratitude for what we have been […]

Homeless Families

Standing on the front sidewalk of St. John’s Sunday night, as the Feast of Lights concluded, I was struck again by the various faces illumined by flickering candles. In an uneasy and stormy world, the light of Christ shines forth, empowers us to know hope and share it with those who have not seen it. […]

Nothing Hidden

For nothing is hidden except to be made manifest…. (Mark 4:22)   The more I come to know about God and this world and the people in it, the less I know. I know a great deal more than when I began this spiritual journey but, like looking at the stars, I keep seeing how […]

Finishing Well

About midway through the spring semester of my senior year at Wofford, I woke up from a nightmarish sort of dream. In the dream I had found out that I was one course short of graduating. Quickly that morning, I walked into the registrar’s office to make sure that I had enough credits to graduate. […]