Category: Previous Messages from the Rector

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 […]

Water and Creation

Water and Creation   “We thank you, Almighty God, for the gift of water. Over it the Holy Spirit moved in the beginning of creation. Through it you led the children of Israel out of their bondage in Egypt into the land of promise. In it your Son Jesus received the baptism of John and […]

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 […]