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We may not know what to say, but we know what we must do.

Sermons and audio / Uncategorized

Watch the Helpers In a tragic moment like this, people often turn to the Church to help them make sense of what has happened. But, truth be told, we don’t have an answer for them. We don’t know what to think either. But while we may not know what to think, we do know what to do. A sermon preached at Trinity Cathedral in Phoenix, Arizona the Sunday following the shooting of 71 people in […]

Why did Jesus have to die?

Religion / Sermons and audio

"That historical reality affords us some latitude to consider the major ways that Christians have understood the atonement over the years, and to ponder some minority opinions as well. In each, the crucifixion is the solution. Where they differ is the problem. In other words, what is the problem that the crucifixion solves?

Mandala (A Musical Palindrome)

Science / Sermons and audio

If Wikipedia wasn’t blacked out today, I’d suggest you first go and read up on the idea of the “Music of the Spheres”. It’s an idea that had it genesis in the writings of Pythagoras, who discovered the mathematical relationships between musical tones. The idea was further developed by Plato who suggested that since music and planetary motion both involved mathematical relationships between pairs and triads, that there must be a kind of planetary music […]

Christ the King: The Livery of Seisin

Sermons and audio

What is it that you and God have entered into a relationship together to nurture and protect. What have you given over to God to die for on your behalf? What are you thankful for this year, and in this season? Don’t limit yourself to the small things – see the God of the Cosmos, Jesus the Lord of All Creation (Kyrie Pantocrator) with his hands lovingly holding your hands as you sit down to […]

Girard quote of the day

Religion / Sermons and audio

(I’m working on this weekend’s sermon, for a liturgy that features a wonderful, long married couple’s renewal of marriage vows, and the Lectionary has handed me Luke 12:49-56 as the Gospel.) Interesting quote from Girard apropos of that theme: The Apocalypse is not some invention. If we are without sacrifices, either we’re going to love each other or we’re going to die. We have no more protection against our own violence. Therefore, we are confronted […]

Epiphany 4C 2009; Our mission is Love

Sermons and audio

St. Paul's great hymn to love is read at just about every wedding an Episcopalian ever attends. The irony is that the passage has nothing explicitly to do with marriage at all. It's Paul's advice about how to avoid needless squabbling in a congregation.  The word he uses for Love, Agape, has a depth of meaning to it that is not readily apparent. It would put too fine a point on his choice though to […]

Epiphany 3C 2009

Sermons and audio

At first glance the three texts assigned by the lectionary for this week have little if anything in common. One talks about the people's gratitude to receive the Law. The other talks about people's anger at hearing the words of the Lord's favor and jubilee. The last is Paul's attempt to soothe the tensions of a congregation in serious conflict.  And yet when we take each at face value and remember that these are all […]