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Turning away

Earlier this week I met a woman for the first time and she said to me, I hope you’re not preaching on Matthew! I’m not totally sure why she said this, but I think there are a number of reasons why we’d rather not look too closely at this text. First, let me tell you […]

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The stories we tell

Have you ever felt like there was  a story about your life or about some part of your life that shaped you? That you in fact couldn’t seem to change the script because the story was so ingrained in yourself or the people around you? Most folks in the Episcopal Church are shaped by the […]

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Their God was too Small

A sermon for the ninth Sunday after Pentecost, Year B. Last Sunday night I found myself in the Smithville Junior High gymnasium, along with about 160 other people. We had arrived for an event called Missionpalooza. I came with a group of high schoolers from St. Matt’s and we met up with many other youth […]

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Christ is our Peace

A sermon for Year B, proper 11.  Ephesians 2:11-22, Mark 6:30-34,53-56 Ever since I heard about the shootings in Aurora, I’ve found myself returning again and again to Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. Specifically, I keep coming back to the fourteenth verse of the second chapter. Paul is writing to the folks in Ephesus, a […]

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GC77 or Ten Days in Indianapolis

An article I wrote for St. Matt’s monthly newsletter: Most people’s first impression of General Convention is to say it’s overwhelming. Between the vast exhibit hall, with booths for things like Cursillo, different seminaries, vestments, and more; the daily services representing the breadth of diversity in our church; and the two legislative houses, there really […]

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Because you’re not the only one

  According to the Church Pension Group, in 2009 there were 5,731 Episcopal clergy working full time.  Of those, 143 were women under the age of 35. Yep, a whopping 2.5%.  Now, my diocese has been nothing but supportive of me.  And I’m pretty sure we’ve got more young clergy (men and women) than many […]

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