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Sheep among the wolves

  a homily prepared for Trinity College Chapel, Toronto, Ontario on Matthew 10. 16-26   I think we need to start today’s homily not with theology, but with a bit of animal husbandry. I grew up in the country, familiar with farm residents like horses, milk-cows, cantankerous goats, rabbits, chickens, pigs, and yes, sheep. Sheep… Continue reading Sheep among the wolves

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Joan of Arc, Martin Luther, and my Grandma

   a homily preached at Trinity College Chapel on January 16, 2019 based on: Mark 1: 29-39 Growing up, I had three primary heroes: Joan of Arc, Martin Luther, and my Grandmother. My grandmother was a marvellous Swede transported to the Southern United States. She swore like a sailor, chain-smoked nearly until the day she died,… Continue reading Joan of Arc, Martin Luther, and my Grandma

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Maybe Jesus Wants Us to Get Over Ourselves

The reading from Acts this evening concerns the establishment, and the joining of two differing communities. The baptists, followers of John and the followers of the Way, early followers of Paul and Jesus. Those baptized by water and repentance, and those baptized by the Holy Spirit. It’s quite a good job that Paul does, easily… Continue reading Maybe Jesus Wants Us to Get Over Ourselves

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Justice in the Smallest of Things

  Readings are here, here, and here. In the Psalm we read this evening, we are promised a God of revenge and justice. It’s a tempting vision of God. One that comes in a mighty cloud, wreaking havoc on those who persecute the innocent, “He saves them from the hand of him who is hating,… Continue reading Justice in the Smallest of Things

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Saving What We Love — the Gospel According to Rose Tico

  Readings for the service are here, here, and here. I’m going to start today, where my own moral compass began. Although I was formed at my mother’s and grandmother’s knees at Lutheran sermons and in Sunday school, my true morality play, writ large on the screen when I was a mere 5 years old,… Continue reading Saving What We Love — the Gospel According to Rose Tico

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It’s the end of the world as we know it–and I feel fine

Readings for the week are here, here, and here. "Our earth is degenerate in these latter days. There are signs that the world is speedily coming to an end. Bribery and corruption are common."--Assyrain Tablet, 2800 BCE   The end of the world has been predicted by both scholars and crackpots practically since the beginning… Continue reading It’s the end of the world as we know it–and I feel fine

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Mary: SJW

  Homily from The Corner, Feast of the Visitation, May 31: Readings here, here, and here. There she is: everywhere. In icons, on jewelry, in tattoos, airbrushed on souped-up cars: Mary, The Blessed Mother, The Virgin, Theotokos (The God-bringer) The mother of God, Jesus’ Mom. She’s the subject of more portraiture, poetry, and song than… Continue reading Mary: SJW