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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

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

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

"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

Celebration of A New Ministry in Oro Valley

Part of the joy in our journey in life is sharing it with friends, colleagues and acquaintances. My journey has been especially blessed by people with whom I enjoyed time together in seminary. Rev. Megan Traquair is one of those friends for me; she and her husband, Philip, were part of our seminary community, and … Continue reading

A Grand Worship Experience

Trinity Sunday, 2008 — For the past seven years, as rector of St. James Episcopal Church, Greenville, South Carolina, one of the annual delights of that ministry was to be a guest preacher for one Sunday each summer at Faith Memorial Chapel in Cedar Mountain, North Carolina. Begun as a chapel of ease in the … Continue reading

Olive Lillian Dombek, RIP

It’s hard to believe that nearly two months have passed already since the home-going of my mother. At eighty-nine years of age, it was something she had been looking forward to for some time, if not her whole life. We had three services for her on January 14. The first was held at Winona Lake … Continue reading

OK, Here’s What’s Been Going On…

It’s been a LONG TIME since I’ve posted on this blog—I know, I know, I know. And some of you have let me know about it. Thanks. Suffice it to say that I have been tied up with finding the right middle school and high school special ed. program for Jonathan’s education, and then finding … Continue reading