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My article for Deputy News: Rethink the President of the House of Deputies’ Job

I wrote this piece for “Deputy News” the in-house news publication at General Convention. Even though we’ve already voted on the President’s pay, I think the larger point still needs to be made.

The 79th General Convention will be my second as a deputy. My first foray into the inner workings of our denomination’s national structure was prompted by the calls to reimagine the church. I believed, and still believe, that the Episcopal Church is going to have to make some difficult and imaginative decisions if we are not only to survive as a body, but thrive.

While some steps at reform were taken, overall I felt disappointment at the way the effort was received by the deputies in Salt Lake City. Something that began with so much energy, but lacked clear direction, ended with a whimper when the convention decided not to recommission the Task Force, or call together a new one to continue the work of reimagining. There were bright spots—the efforts to fund church plants, parish revitalization, and evangelism stand out in my mind. But a particularly negative aspect of the process seemed to be an unwillingness to take a long hard look at the assumptions that underlie our structures and organization. At best, it seems as though we’ve stumbled into the configuration we now have. At worst, some aspects of our structure seem top heavy and dated.

There are tell-tale signs of we are willing to look:

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My reaction to the opening Eucharist of General Convention on July 5th

The folks at the School of Theology booth in the exhibit hall at General Convention caught me for my reaction to the opening Eucharist. I was particularly excited about “The Way of Love,” a new evangelism initiative of The Episcopal Church, in which my friend Carrie Boren Headington participated in the development of.  You can see more of the Way of Love materials here.

What’s your gospel summary?

Sermon for Proper 8
The 6th Sunday after Pentecost
Scriptures: Wisdom of Solomon 1:13-15, 2:23-24 • Psalm 30 • 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 • Mark 5:21-43

Remember that my sermons tend to vary somewhat between services, both because I try to keep the 8 AM sermon slightly shorter, and because I preach without a manuscript. Both of these recordings are slightly longer than I usually post because I’m experimenting with keeping the recording of all the readings, and not just the Gospel text, in the recording.

8 AM Service. To go directly to the sermon, start at 7:53.

10:30 AM service. To go directly to the sermon, start at 9:57.

Pub[lic] Theology #3–Values: Disagreeing Well & Learning to Live with Each Other

How do we deal with political disagreements with our friends and family? What prompts the strong emotions when we disagree with those close to us? How do we maintain relationships with intense disagreement?

This presentation is intended to lay out some major things in the background of our political disagreements, and then talk about some actions we can take to maintain and strengthen our relationships.

Unfortunately the camera had both a hard time focusing, and a shorter than needed battery charge. Bear with us and we’ll get better at these things.

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The full-length audio (it doesn’t have the question and answer period, however):

Knowing Job, Knowing Christ

Sermon for Proper 7B
The 5th Sunday after Pentecost
Scriptures: Job 38:1-11 and Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32 • 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 • Mark 4:35-41

Remember that my sermons tend to vary somewhat between services, both because I try to keep the 8 AM sermon slightly shorter, and because I preach without a manuscript.

8 AM Service. The gospel reading is included. To go directly to the sermon, start at 1:23.

10:30 AM Service. The sequence hymn and gospel reading are included. To go directly to the sermon, start at 3:18.

The Inevitability of the Kingdom and the Trustworthiness of God

Sermon for Proper 6, IV Pentecost 2018
Scriptures: Ezekiel 17. Mark 4:26-34.
10:30 Service

The recording starts with the sequence hymn and gospel lesson. The sermon begins at 4:42.

The Great Litany, 2018

Once a year on the first Sunday of Lent, we chant The Great Litany at St. Joseph of Arimathea. It is the oldest piece of liturgy in the English language, and I personally love it. I thought it was particularly appropriate this year:

Another Story

Another Story
Sermon for Lent I
Scriptures: Genesis 9:8-17 • Psalm 25:1-10 • 1 Peter 3:18-22 • Mark 1:9-15

Dealing with Demons, wherever they’re from

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
January 28, 2018
Scriptures: Deuteronomy 18:15-20 | Psalm 111 | 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 | Mark 1:21-28

Image Info: Carving of Three Faces with four eyes, Llandaff Cathedral

The Hope of Judgement

Sermon for the last Sunday after Pentecost
Christ the King Sunday*
November 26, 2017
Scriptures: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 and Psalm 95:1-7a • Ephesians 1:15-23 • Matthew 25:31-46

Image Info: Christ Enthroned, Byzantine Mosaic

*Yes, I know that Christ the King Sunday is not an official title in the Book of Common Prayer. I also know that the Collect is completely in keeping with the title, so I use it, because I appreciate the opportunity to preach on Christ’s kingship.

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