“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is a lie. There is far more truth in the words of Eric Idle, a British comedian of the Monty Python ensemble, who said, “sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will make me cry by myself in a corner […]
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When my father-in-law died quite suddenly in the summer of 2000, over 600 people came to the calling hours at the funeral home and the service. It was quite a testimony for a very quiet, humble man who was a “blue-collar” worker and never did things that drew attention to himself. Probably the most common […]
Labor Day weekend is, of course, the unofficial end of summer. Living in Florida, I really don’t see the difference. Here, it just means that we are entering the peak of the hurricane season! But really, Labor Day is a worthy holiday in its own right. It is, after all, labor that has made this […]
If you watch the TV sitcom “The Big Bang Theory,” you know about Sheldon and his relationship agreements. Sheldon is the compulsive, controlling but brilliant theoretical physicist at the center of the show and among the recurring themes are the “roommate agreement” with his apartment-mate Leonard and the “relationship agreement” with his girlfriend Amy. Sheldon’s […]
Sometimes it seems that, in many circles, wisdom is no longer fashionable. We seem to care about who is dating who, or who is caught up in the latest scandal, or the latest drama from Washington or Tallahassee. But we seem to have little patience for developing wisdom and maturity. I find it annoying when Christians […]
One of the great paradoxes of our society is that we are deeply involved in “social media” — Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and the like — yet, we are less connected to one other. I have 699 “friends” on Facebook (I don’t Twitter or Insta). I put “friends” in quotes because the vast majority are barely acquaintances. […]
It seems a rather strange thing we do every Sunday, doesn’t it? We gather around a table (we give it a fancy name, “altar”) and say some words over bread and wine. We claim that it is now the body and blood of someone who died almost 2,000 years ago. We all take just a little. […]
You probably wouldn’t notice just arriving for worship on Sunday, but it gives us preachers a bit of whiplash. A little background: The lessons we read in worship are not just randomly chosen, they are defined in a lectionary. The Episcopal Church is one of several denominations that use the Revised Common Lecteionary (RCL). The RCL is based […]
We hear a lot these days about following our heart, don’t listen to the ‘haters.’ don’t let anyone tell you want you can’t do, you are your own best guide, etc. I fear, however, the, as Admiral Ackbar so eloquently put it, “It’s a trap!” While I appreciate that we should not allow ourselves to […]
Sunday’s Gospel lesson tells the very sad story of the beheading of John the Baptist. (Click here to read it.) Herod Antipas (not the Herod that in power when Jesus was born) had taken his brother’s wife, Herodias, for his own, obviously an immoral act even by the standards of ancient Rome. John criticized Herod […]