Category: Previous Messages from the Rector

A New Word

As we have settled in our new home, we are learning all the nuances that come with such transition. We are discovering which light switches operate which lights, which keys go to which door and which rooms run hot and which rooms run cold. In other words, lots of everyday experiences still feel new with […]

God-Given Commission

“We have a God-given commission, but it is not a commission to be self-righteous know-it-alls- quite the contrary. Our work in God’s world begins with the acknowledgment that we are not God, and that our most bitter rivals are made in God’s image. “ Senator John C. Danforth John Danforth was a United States Senator […]


A dear friend died last week back in Memphis. We shared a deep and abiding passion for Mississippi State no matter if the team deserved that loyalty or not. We also shared several painful experiences centered around the deaths of family members, including his wife. She died suddenly and unexpectedly as a result of an […]

Do not be afraid

Do not be afraid “One of St. John’s many strengths is its ability to couple a reverence for this rich history with an excitement for the events to come and a desire to assure a vibrant future of worshipping God and making disciples for Jesus Christ.”  St. John’s Parish Profile, 2019 This sentence from the […]


During the Rector’s Forum on Sunday night, I was asked what influenced me to accept a call at a downtown parish?  My response included my belief that God was indeed calling me to the particulars of ministry in a downtown Episcopal church, in part, because places like St. John’s have a responsibility to proclaim the […]

A Good Starting Point

Dear Friends, As Sunday approaches, I am filled with joy and anticipation for the beginning of our ministry together in the context of resuming in person worship at St. John’s. Based on a consensus of public health and medical advice, and under the direction of the Bishop, we have made decisions that will minimize the […]