“Haters Gonna Hate” (October 28, 2014: The Feast of Saint Simon and Saint Jude–The Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Lafayette, Louisiana)

(The following sermon was preached at the Welcome Back Eucharist for Cursillo #147 of the Acadiana Convocation in the Episcopal Diocese of Western Louisiana, held on the Feast of Saint Simon and Saint Jude at 6:30pm at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Lafayette, Louisiana.) “If they persecuted me, they will persecute you; ifContinue reading ““Haters Gonna Hate” (October 28, 2014: The Feast of Saint Simon and Saint Jude–The Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Lafayette, Louisiana)”

“Matters of the Heart” (August 17, 2014: The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 15A)–The Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Lafayette, Louisiana)

“…Great is your faith!”—Matthew 15.28[i] In the Name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Amen!  In reference to today’s Gospel lesson, a classmate of mine from seminary had this to say in a Facebook status update: “I have a theory that people are so uncomfortable with this upcoming Sunday’sContinue reading ““Matters of the Heart” (August 17, 2014: The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 15A)–The Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Lafayette, Louisiana)”

“Ascension Episcopal School–A Christian Institution” (August 12, 2014: Opening Eucharist of the 2014-2015 Academic Year of Ascension Episcopal School–Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Lafayette, Louisiana)

“For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ.”–I Corinthians 3.11 In the Name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Amen! In 1997, at the age of 12, I enrolled as a 7th grade student at Saint Peter’sContinue reading ““Ascension Episcopal School–A Christian Institution” (August 12, 2014: Opening Eucharist of the 2014-2015 Academic Year of Ascension Episcopal School–Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Lafayette, Louisiana)”

“The God of Abraham Praise” (June 29, 2014: The Third Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 8A)–Canterbury Episcopal Chapel, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama)

“…God himself will provide the lamb…”—Genesis 22.8[1] In the Name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Amen! This past Monday evening, while celebrating the 30th birthday of our friend and brother Zach Price with both he and our other friend and brother Ashton Sims, I made mention about theContinue reading ““The God of Abraham Praise” (June 29, 2014: The Third Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 8A)–Canterbury Episcopal Chapel, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama)”

“God: Three in One and One in Three” (June 15, 2014–The First Sunday after Pentecost: Trinity Sunday; Canterbury Episcopal Chapel, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama)

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”—II Corinthians 13.14[1] In the Name of the Most Holy Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Amen! Of all the Church’s Principal Feasts, Major Feasts, Holy Days,Continue reading ““God: Three in One and One in Three” (June 15, 2014–The First Sunday after Pentecost: Trinity Sunday; Canterbury Episcopal Chapel, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama)”

“Something Has Changed, Yet Remains the Same” (June 8, 2014: The Day of Pentecost–Whitsunday; Canterbury Episcopal Chapel, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama)

“…We hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.”—Acts 2.11[1] In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen! I did not grow up with the 1928 Prayer Book, but was radically exposed to it during my senior year at General Seminary while serving as the Seminarian at SaintContinue reading ““Something Has Changed, Yet Remains the Same” (June 8, 2014: The Day of Pentecost–Whitsunday; Canterbury Episcopal Chapel, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama)”

“Firmly I Believe and Truly” (April 19, 2014: The Great Vigil & First Eucharist of Easter–Canterbury Episcopal Chapel, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama; April 20, 2014: The Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day–Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Tuskegee, Alabama)

“He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said….”—Matthew 28.6[1] (The Great Vigil & First Eucharist of Easter) “…I have seen the Lord….”—John 20.18 (The Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day) Alleluia! Christ is risen! The Lord is risen, indeed! Alleluia! When I woke up on October 14, 2013, I did soContinue reading ““Firmly I Believe and Truly” (April 19, 2014: The Great Vigil & First Eucharist of Easter–Canterbury Episcopal Chapel, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama; April 20, 2014: The Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day–Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Tuskegee, Alabama)”

“Foot Washing–I Now Understand It” (April 17, 2014: Maundy Thursday–Canterbury Episcopal Chapel, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama)

“…Do you know what I have done to you?”—John 13.12[1]  In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen! Throughout my now 12 years as an Episcopalian, I have been in parishes that either did or did not do foot washing as part of their Maundy Thursday liturgy. Foot washing was never reallyContinue reading ““Foot Washing–I Now Understand It” (April 17, 2014: Maundy Thursday–Canterbury Episcopal Chapel, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama)”

“Baptism–Is It Really Necessary?” (January 12, 2014: The First Sunday after the Epiphany: The Baptism of Our Lord; Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Birmingham, Alabama)

“…Let it be so now; for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.”—Matthew 3.15[1] In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Amen! For quite some time, there has been a debate within Anglican and other Protestant Christian Churches concerning the topic of “Communion without Baptism”—a practice that allows individualsContinue reading ““Baptism–Is It Really Necessary?” (January 12, 2014: The First Sunday after the Epiphany: The Baptism of Our Lord; Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Birmingham, Alabama)”

December 29, 2013: The First Sunday after Christmas Day (Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Birmingham, Alabama)

“…When the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.”—Galatians 4.4-5[1] In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Amen! During the past year and a half, I haveContinue reading “December 29, 2013: The First Sunday after Christmas Day (Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Birmingham, Alabama)”