Patterns and familiarity are helpful connection points to God; and, God often moves beyond the boundaries of our well-worn paths.
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.
Every now and then I run up against a familiar, existential crisis. It's a crisis that is compounded because it seems to run counter to my vocation as a priest. It's a crisis of speech. It's a crisis of voice. In the face of the bigness of the challenges that face us as a human … Continue reading A Voice of Journey
[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 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…