Christianity, the religion and faith system that seeks to live the reality of the Risen Christ, has a long history of being confused for, or used to sanction or legitimize, political power. This has always presented Christianity with a dramatic tension between the humble messiah lacking temporal power and the proud, violent empires who have … Continue reading It’s time to tell the truth. Guns are blasphemous and the Cross is ridiculous.
Hope says that "yes, I have much to be afraid of, but I have so much more to believe in."
We are called to be luminarias of life, hallmarks of the holy, sign-posts of salvation, beacons of blessedness for a world of weary travelers in desperate search of a place to lay their heavy burdens down
I have only been the Rector of my congregation for seven months and already I have had to face-down my first, Watergate-sized scandal. Kyrie eleison. Picture it: Sewanee, Tennessee. 2017. There I was standing in the front of a lecture hall giving a presentation on The Book of Common Prayer as a part of Sewanee’s … Continue reading “Cassock-gate,” the Reformation, and The Book of Common Prayer
O God whom we have forgotten, help us to remember.
God enters our greatest fear and anxiety with a counter-cultural message: there is enough.
There is no such thing as scarcity in the Kingdom of God; there is only faithfulness that yields abundance... the kind of abundance that bears witness to the Kingdom of God in the world.
[Given on Sunday, February 22, 2015, by The Rev. Fr. Marcus Halley at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church – Kansas City, MO] Mark 1:12 (1:9-15) O God, take our minds and think through them, take our lips and speak through them, take our hearts and set them on fire with love for you; may your kingdom come, … Continue reading Sermon: Wondering and Wandering in the Wilderness
I wonder if Jesus is to be found in the “Outer Darkness,” on the margins of society, outside the circles of power, circulating in the periphery of the community, keeping company with lepers and prostitutes, touching the sick and feeding the hungry. I wonder if we ourselves are not called to be Children of the light who boldly walk in God’s darkness.
Whether we worship with praise bands in contemporary auditoriums or with surpliced-choirs signing Anglican cathedral music in traditional sanctuaries, the real question that must be asked is this - are we welcoming people?