It’s no wonder the Holy Spirit fell upon Church as fire. We need fire. We need to wind. We need story, and metaphor, and poetry – not doctrine and dogma, not fact, not instruction. We need imagination and inspiration that breathes new life into these dry bones.
[Given on The Great Vigil of Easter Saturday, April 4, 2015, by The Rev. Fr. Marcus Halley at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church – Kansas City, Missouri] “So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.” Mark 16:8a In … Continue reading Sermon: The Poetry of the Resurrection
Hell is when you are suffering and when you are left alone. Hell is when the hungry are not fed, when the thirsty are not given anything to drink, when the stranger is not welcomed, when the naked are not clothed, when the sick and the imprisoned are not visited, when the depressed are not cared for, when the oppressed are not liberated, when the victims are not vindicated. If righteousness and justice are the foundation of God’s throne, then where there is no righteousness and where there is no justice, there is only Hell.
"Remember the sabbath day and keep it holy." - Exodus 20:8 I've heard it said that the 4th Commandment, the commandment instructing us to keep sabbath, is the only one of the Ten Commandments that we willingly break and then brag about. I mean think about it, our culture is obsessed with busyness. Think of … Continue reading Coffeehouse Musings: Stop it, and I Mean it!