Saturday in the First Week of Lent, Bishop’s Day with Wardens, Vestries, and Treasurers, Church of the Advent, Nashville

“Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in” (Is. 58:12).

Back in 2005 I lived in South Louisiana during the back to back hurricanes, Katrina and Rita, which devastated a goodly portion of the Gulf Coast. In my own community about 80% of residences were figured to have sustained some damage, not … Read more

The Last Sunday after Epiphany, Year B, St. Matthew’s Church, McMinnville

“This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” (Mk 9:8).

In our Gospel reading today, Jesus reveals his glory on the holy mountain, the mountain of Transfiguration. It’s a significant moment in Jesus’ ministry because he’s about to turn his steps toward his final journey to Jerusalem. All well and good, but one of the most significant parts of this episode that reveals the glory of God is the message of the voice that … Read more

The Fifth Sunday after Epiphany, Year B, St. Augustine’s Chapel, Vanderbilt

“I do it all for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings” (1 Cor. 9:23).

In our second reading today, St. Paul is talking about his ministry: a ministry that he did not choose, but which we might say chose him. He says he received a “commission” or “office” (1 Cor. 9:17) himself, a posting assigned to him, not one that’s self-generated. It’s not a matter of his own … Read more

The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany, Year B, Church of the Holy Trinity, Nashville

“Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up” (1 Cor. 8:1).

If you believe the early Christians never had any trouble, guess again. As we‘ve been reading the past few weeks from St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians, we’ve had a chance to hear about some of the questions that troubled the early Church. It’s pretty eye-opening stuff.

Most of us know about the main cause of difficulties. We have all heard about the persecution … Read more

The Third Sunday after Epiphany, Year B, The Church of the Epiphany, Lebanon

“For the present form of this world is passing away” (1 Cor. 7:31).

Last Saturday people in Hawaii received an emergency warning that the state was under immediate threat of ballistic missile attack. Notification went out to people’s cell phones; warning messages scrolled across television screens. It was eight o’clock in the morning, and for about forty minutes people believed that an attack was incoming.

The message warned people to take shelter; folks were scrambling … Read more

Feast of St. Wulfstan, Diocese of Tennessee Annual Convention, St. Paul’s Church, Murfreesboro

“It is required of stewards that they should be found trustworthy” (1 Cor. 4:2).

There’s a wonderful scene in the final, cliffhanger episode of the latest season of the television drama The Crown. Queen Elizabeth II confronts her Prime Minister Harold MacMillan, who’s just offered his resignation. He’s telling her that his action is a political necessity; he’s exhausted and his government is compromised. MacMillan is not a sympathetic character, and you can tell that … Read more

The Second Sunday of Epiphany, Year B, St. Peter’s Church, Columbia

“Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man” (Jo. 1:51).

The end of our Gospel reading today is a bit like coming in on the second act of the play, or seeing the Star Wars movie this Christmas without knowing there have been others previously released, or even reading one of the later books in a series. We wonder what’s going … Read more

The First Sunday after Epiphany, Year B, The Church of the Epiphany, Sherwood

“Jesus saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him” (Mk 1:10).

The transition from Christmas to the Season of Epiphany is a little like time-lapse photography. In this method, a scene that takes some time to unfold is accelerated so that it appears to take place in a short period of time. There are some amazing photographic treatments of flowers blooming, where the motion of the flower that is … Read more

Christmas Eve, Christ Church Cathedral, Nashville

“You shall be called, ‘Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken.’” (Is. 62:12).

There’s a lot to talk about in Nashville these days, about the remarkable growth of the city, but two topics get play around my “water cooler”: construction and traffic. They’re not unrelated, of course, as anyone venturing downtown can tell you. People are moving to Nashville, and that means change and challenge.

Even if you don’t come downtown, you’ll notice the increased time you’re … Read more

St. Thomas the Apostle, Laymen’s Advent Service, the Church of the Advent, Nashville

“In a very little while, the one who is coming will come and will not delay” (Heb. 10:37; Hab. 2:3).

The prophets of Israel often pictured themselves in the role of watchmen, peering over the parapet at what was headed their way. “I will stand at my watchpost, and station myself on the rampart” (Hab. 2:1), says the prophet Habakkuk in our first reading this evening. He’s keeping watch for what God will say to him; … Read more