Faith... is a response to God’s goodness. God's goodness is not a response to our faith.
That is where I found Jesus and continue to find him again and again: in the space that is left when my strength or words fail in the face of such immense human suffering.
Patterns and familiarity are helpful connection points to God; and, God often moves beyond the boundaries of our well-worn paths.
Baptism is, at its heart, a sacrament of compassion and radical connectivity to those whom we will never meet or whose experiences we will never know, but whose living is inextricably tied to our own. In Baptism we are made one – here and now.
[Sermon delivered on Sunday, December 20, 2015 (Advent IV) at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church - Kansas City, MO by the Rev'd. Fr. Marcus G. Halley] And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from … Continue reading Sermon: When the Women Sing
...grace may be God’s abundant love and “favor toward us, unearned and undeserved,” but carrying this grace is a two-handed endeavor. Like writer of Hebrews suggests, grabbing hold to grace necessitates that we “lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us.”
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 the Sunday, July 12, 2015, by The Rev. Fr. Marcus Halley at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church – Kansas City, Missouri] And the LORD said to me, "Amos, what do you see?" And I said, "A plumb line." Then the Lord said, "See, I am setting a plumb line in the midst of my people Israel; … Continue reading Sermon: Remembering the Stories that Form Us
[Given on the Sunday, June 28, 2015, by The Rev. Fr. Marcus Halley at St. Paul's Episcopal Church – Kansas City, Missouri] Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, "Who touched my clothes?" Mark 5:30 Grace and peace to you from God our Father, and Jesus Christ, … Continue reading Sermon: When Is the Last Time You Touched the Lord?
[Given on the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost, June 14, 2015, by The Rev. Fr. Marcus Halley at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church – Kansas City, Missouri] "[The Kingdom of God] is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows … Continue reading Sermon: Learning to Live in Trees