timothydombek has written 20 posts for Always On Holy Ground

To Give or Not To Give: On Helping the Homeless

I don’t know who Reed Sandridge is nor did I know anything about him until I heard him being interviewed recently on a “Your Story Matters” podcast from 2010. it seems that on December 15, 2009, Mr. Sandridge began a project where he was going to give away $10 to someone every day for a … Continue reading

My Most Wonderful Teacher — A Reflection for Father’s Day

“You’ve been given a wonderful teacher,” his note said, and in that moment I knew exactly what he meant. Let me back up first and explain. After completing my first year at seminary, Beth and I got married at St. John’s Episcopal Church, in Melbourne, FL. That was twenty-four years ago on June 9. Beth … Continue reading

Remembering Andrew, Who Loved Us So…

It’s 4:00am, and I’ve been awake for about ninety minutes, my mind replaying the news of twelve hours ago and thinking a lot about Andrew Quattlebaum, who lost his battle with depression on Tuesday. He was 30 years old. Andrew was a former student of mine at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, in Columbia, SC, where … Continue reading

Christ The King sermon–A Soldier’s Story

In the fall of 2001, I attended the College of Preachers at National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.  The instructor for our class was the inimitable Rev. Herbert O’Driscoll, of the Anglican Church of Canada, accomplished writer, speaker, and preacher par excellence within the worldwide Church. Sadly, the College of Preachers closed in 2009, a victim … Continue reading

Have You Seen My Invisible Son?

Like many men and women of my generation, I grew up nurturing my funny bone on the brilliant comedy of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, which in pre-cable television times aired late weekend nights mostly on public TV channels. I remember one routine in particular: “Interesting People” a sketch that featured an ingratiating and oily talk … Continue reading

One Way To Do It, Among Others

[This post also appeared as an ePistle of The Episcopal Diocese of Arizona, May 25, 2012] Last Sunday, May 20, 2012, the Sunday after the Ascension, in the Gospel reading from John, Jesus prayed for his disciples—us included—acknowledging that while “they are in the world… they do not belong to the world.”  In our weekly … Continue reading

Sorry To Have Let You Down, Jonathan

“For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do…” Romans 7:19 Nothing feels more frustrating than realizing that I didn’t do something I should have done, and in this case, I really knew I should have said something, but didn’t. The reasons for not … Continue reading

How The Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY, Kills Faith

While looking through past sermons to see what I’ve said before on a particular text, I stumbled across this sermon that I preached a little over three years ago. In the hopes that it might turn up in someone’s search engine, let’s see if we can’t shed a little light on the so-called Creation Museum … Continue reading

Breathing John Steinbeck

Last month, March 2010, at the invitation of the Episcopal Diocese of Diocese of El Camino Real, I had the privilege of traveling to the Monterey peninsula of California, to present to the members of the clergy and laity the Stewardship University educational program that I created in Arizona to help increase the effectiveness of … Continue reading

"What Do You Want Me To Do For You?"

While looking through past sermons to see what I’ve preached before regarding an upcoming Gospel lesson, I discovered a sermon on my favorite story in the Gospel according to Mark (10:46-52) that I have no memory of preaching. Ever. But there it is, written in all its glory. It’s interesting to look back, over nine … Continue reading