Category: Previous Messages from the Rector

Two By Two

Two By Two Sometimes it feels easier just to do something by myself rather than doing it with someone else. Other people are complicated. I am complicated with other people. Working together can be challenging. I’ve always found singles much easier than doubles, for instance, when I play tennis. Doubles is lots of fun but […]


Practice   When I was in my early 30s and a new rector, I called my father to read to him an unreasonable letter I had received from a parishioner. The letter had rattled me and I needed to sort things out. My father listened to me read the letter and then asked, “Is this […]

My Pew

My Pew   The first church where I served as a priest had folding chairs instead of pews. Surprisingly folks still got pretty attached to where they sat. Whenever we had a baptism we would reserve the first few rows and people who usually sat there had to sit somewhere else. One day one of […]

Giving or Getting?

Do you approach church primarily as a place to give or a place to get? Recently I had to send a street person packing. He is someone we have helped any number of times. He is even someone who has worshipped with us from time to time. He’s bright and has a lot to give […]

Prayerful Negligence

Prayerful Negligence   (The following was first published in 2011 and is offered again in response to requests. My son is now 29, married, gainfully employed, and living in Dallas. I’m still practicing prayerful negligence with him and his sister.)   “So, now that your son has graduated from college, what is he going to […]

Home Field Advantage

Statistics prove that, in various athletic events, the home team is more likely to win than the visiting team. In some ways that just doesn’t make any sense. A football field anywhere is basically the same. Basketball courts all have the same dimensions and the goal is the same height. Baseball fields differ some in […]


Identity So maybe you’re facing some major life changes as you sit down to read this. Maybe you are graduating from high school or college (yes, some folks that age read things from their church). Maybe your child is going off to school and you’re facing that Empty Nest you’ve heard so much about. Maybe […]

Peace and Justice

Peace and Justice   Last week I had the privilege of attending the dedication of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice here in Montgomery. Thousands of people from all over the country and world were in town for the opening and three days of special activities. The dedication ceremony was celebratory yet solemn, less […]

The Welcoming Prayer

The Welcoming Prayer   I’ve recently been introduced to The Welcoming Prayer written by Thomas Keating. It goes like this: Welcome, welcome, welcome. I welcome everything that comes to me today because I know it’s for my healing. I welcome all thoughts, feelings, emotions, persons, situations, and conditions. I let go of my desire for […]