The First Sunday of Advent, Year B, Church of the Advent, Nashville, December 3, 2023

December 03, 2023

“Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and glory” (Mk. 13:26). “Hey, man, what’s up?” By the time I was a boy in the 1960s, “man” had become the generic honorific […]

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Proper 29, Year A, St. Anselm’s Church, Nashville, November 26, 2023

November 27, 2023

“God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead” (Eph. 1:20). In our second reading today, the apostle Paul is praying a blessing upon his parishioners in Ephesus. Paul is a pastor, tending […]

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Proper 28, Year A, St. Michael’s Church, Cookeville, November 19, 2023

November 20, 2023

“Be silent before the Lord God! For the day of the Lord is at hand” (Zeph. 1:7). In Nashville, if you are out raking the leaves or cutting the grass at noon on the first Saturday of the month, you’ll hear the […]

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Proper 27, Year A, St. Ann’s Church, Nashville, November 12, 2023

November 14, 2023

“Then we who are alive will be caught up in the clouds… to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will be with the Lord for ever” (1 Thess. 4:17). “Swing low, sweet chariot, coming for […]

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The Sunday after All Saints’, Year A, All Saints’ Church, Smyrna, November 5, 2023

November 07, 2023

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” (Matt. 5:9). At the most basic level, peace is the absence of conflict. These days there isn’t much peace around the world. Think about Ukraine; think […]

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All Saints’ Day, Year A, Celebration of New Ministry, Trinity Parish, Clarksville, November 1, 2023

November 02, 2023

“All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure” (1 Jo. 3:3). Tonight we celebrate the Feast of All Saints’, and the new ministry of Chad McCabe, as Rector at Trinity Church, Clarksville. […]

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Proper 25, Year A, Church of Our Saviour, Gallatin, October 29, 2023

October 30, 2023

“You shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord” (Lev. 19:15). Jesus was a great teacher, but his power as a preceptor did not depend on innovation. In other words, Jesus’ teaching was largely drawn from the […]

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Proper 24, Year A, Church of St. James the Less, Madison, October 22, 2023

October 24, 2023

“I call you by your name… though you do not know me” (Is. 45:4). They say that “politics makes strange bedfellows.” When people say this they mean that compromise and cooperation are necessary in a democratic polity like […]

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Proper 23, Year A, St. Joseph of Arimathaea, Hendersonville, October 15, 2023

October 18, 2023

“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son” (Matt. 22:2). It’s interesting how often Jesus tells stories that involve a wedding. If we look to St. Matthew’s Gospel […]

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Proper of the Incarnation, St. Mary’s Convent, Sewanee, October 14, 2023

October 15, 2023

“Let it be with me according to your word” (Lk. 1:38). Our Gospel reading today is a familiar one, not only to members of the Community of St. Mary but to all of us: the annunciation to the […]

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Funeral of Theodore Osborne, St. George’s Church, Nashville, July 1, 2023

July 05, 2023

“This is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day” (Jo. 6:39). Today, thank God for the liturgy, and […]

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Proper 5, Year A, Church of the Messiah, Pulaski, June 11, 2023

June 11, 2023

“For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners” (Matt. 9:13). Jesus knows his target audience. He’s not looking for people who have it all together: that’s a good thing, because there aren’t many people in […]

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Trinity Sunday, Year A, Trinity Parish, Clarksville, June 4, 2023

June 06, 2023

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you” (Matt. 28:19-20). […]

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The Feast of Pentecost, or Whitsunday, Year A, Church of the Resurrection, Franklin, May 28, 2023

May 28, 2023

“And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting” (Acts 2:2). Biblical life begins with a breath: that is, all creation begins […]

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The Seventh Sunday of Easter, Year A, St. Paul’s Church, Franklin, May 21, 2023

May 22, 2023

“Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you…” (Jo. 17:1). If you want to be a TikTok influencer, your fame has to spread. You have to catch the eye, and capture […]

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The Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year A, St. George’s Church, Nashville, May 14, 2023

May 16, 2023

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth…” (Jo. 14:16-17). In our Gospel today, Jesus promises the disciples that he will send […]

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