God places the crown of this exalted vision above our heads, and we spend the rest of our lives striving to grow tall enough to wear it.
Our identity is home, in our name spoken in sweetness, in our belovedness, and in our welcome. The world didn’t give it, and the world can’t take it away.
We must make the choice to return home. We must choose compassion. We must say yes to love. But whether that “yes” happens suddenly or subversively depends on the individual soul on the journey.
Beloved, before we can ever hope to change the world, we have to be open to our own hearts and minds to being changed by the power of the Spirit. Unchanged hearts don’t change worlds. Only hearts that have been set on fire by the Holy Spirit can set the world on fire with the boundless, incandescent love of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Conscious African Americans are in a constant state of rage against a system whose very foundation was constructed to keep them oppressed and has only recently been retrofitted to allow for some semblance of "liberation."
[Given on Sunday, June 22, 2014 by The Rev. Fr. Marcus Halley - St. Andrew's Episcopal Church - Kansas City, MO] “…whoever does not take up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.” - Matthew 10:38 Last week, Mother Anne raised up examples of everyday discipleship among us to underscore that discipleship, the … Continue reading Sermon: Answering the Call
[Given on the Second Sunday of Eastertide, April 27, 2014 by The Rev. Fr. Marcus Halley - St. Andrew's Episcopal Church - Kansas City, MO] "But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power."Acts 2:24In the name of God who is Creating, Redeeming, … Continue reading Sermon: When God Has a Dream
[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
We sing, knowing that singing is a subversive act of transformation. Brother Absalom Jones knew that our lives as disciples of Jesus Christ ought to compose a symphony of struggle and a requiem of resistance to evil in all of its forms. He knew that if we dare to sing the Lord’s song in a strange land then what is strange has no other choice but to change.
...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.