The Syrophoenician Woman (Proper 18B)

I ascribe to what academics call a “high Christology.” I believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, the Second Person of the Trinity. I believe that he was fully human and fully divine, and as a result that Jesus was without sin the entire course of his life. In this regard I am...
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The Go-to Guy for Eternal Life, Year B, 13 Pentecost, Proper 16

All of us have “go-to guys” in our lives: those men and women we turn to whenever we have a particular need or problem. To whom do you go when your internet is down at work? That IT guy. To whom do you go when your sink backs up? That plumber guy. How about eternal life? Who’s...
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Assumption

The Virgin Mary “having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.” To many, “them’s fightin’ words,” as they say, since it opens a can of dogmatic worms, scooped out of the rich soil of the papacy. And how tempting it would be to...
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The Bread of Life, Year B, 10 Pentecost, Proper 13

Jesus said, “I am the Bread of Life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” This past Friday was the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits. By coincidence, as I was...
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The Peter Quire Challenge, Peter Quire Day

Yesterday we had a wedding in the church, with 191 people in attendance. As I stood in the Choir Room with the nervous groom and his nine (yes, nine) groomsmen, I pointed to this portrait of Peter Quire that normally hangs on the wall there and told him that July 11th was the...
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The Greatest of All Shrubs, Year B, 3 Pentecost, Proper 6

One of my most memorable childhood family vacations was going to see the Redwoods in northern California. From the park rangers, I learned about the two varieties of the California Redwood: the Sequoia giganteum and the Sequoia sempervirens, members of which still hold the...
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Year B, Trinity Sunday

In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen. Today is Trinity Sunday, when we celebrate and proclaim the co-eternal existence of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as “one God, one Lord, in Trinity of Persons and in Unity of Being.” The doctrine of the Trinity would...
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Miracles, Year B, Pentecost Sunday

Have you heard? Miracles have been happening at St. John’s! People have been talking. This shouldn’t really come as a surprise, since the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church itself is a miracle, as our reading from the Acts of the Apostles makes clear. At Pentecost, which we...
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Good Shepherd Sunday, Year B, Fourth Sunday of Easter

Just before our family moved to Newport in 2013, we were given the gift of this colorful silkscreen of the Good Shepherd on display here this morning. (My daughter particularly likes the pink sheep at Jesus’ right hand, while my son prefers an orange one at his left, by the way.)...
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Get with the Program, Year B, Easter 3

Before I dive into the Gospel appointed for this morning, it’s important to that Luke the Evangelist was also Luke the Beloved Physician, and as such, he was interested in things having to do with the body. This resurrection appearance is important because it tells us two things:...
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