[Given on Sunday, July 20, 2014 by The Rev. Fr. Marcus Halley - St. Andrew's Episcopal Church - Kansas City, MO] This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. Let it shine! Let it … Continue reading Sermon: A Fiery Faith that Changes the World
It is easy to commercialize and mythologize both Easter and Christmas and make their revolutionary messages more palatable for our modern sensibilities. But the same cannot be said about the Ascension and as such the raw, unchecked, uncertainty and scathing challenge of the Ascension remains - put up or shut up.
For the past few months I have been on a quest to find a barber. Let me pause here and explain to the masses why a bald, Black man needs a barber. First, I have facial hair that, if not for the skill of a good barber, can go werewolf very quickly. Second (and more … Continue reading Coffeehouse Musings: Barbershop Blessings
Dear Most Reverend Sir, I greet you in the loving name of our Courageous Lord and Reigning Savior, Jesus Christ. I hail from the Diocese of West Missouri of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. I write you this letter in response to your recent comments regarding marriage equality and its place … Continue reading Heard Around the World: An Open Letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury
[Given March 30, 2014 by The Rev. Fr. Marcus Halley - St. Andrew's Episcopal Church - Kansas City, MO] Come, Holy Spirit. Take our hearts and think through them. Take our mouths and speak through them. Take our hearts and set them on fire. + This morning as we continue our sermon series on … Continue reading Sermon: Raising Kids in a Crazy World
I met the most precious little boy yesterday and his curiosity taught me more about Ash Wednesday than 100 sermons in 100 churches. There I was, sitting in Bella Napoli in Brookside looking about as "out-of-place" as I possibly could. I was wearing all black with purple stole, holding a ceramic bowl containing ashes. I … Continue reading Remember that you are dust…
...closeness with God is the true definition of holiness. Holiness is not perfection in the moralistic sense. Holiness is union with God. But to get there we must begin the process of surrendering our lives to God.
I suppose technically the ink on my ordination certificate has dried, although I'm not sure if the episcopal wax seal has been applied yet (that's a whole other story). Even with all that complexity, I am still a very new priest. Actually, I'm probably as new as you can get. If my clock is right, … Continue reading Beginning again…