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Proper 5, Year B, Grace Church, Spring Hill, June 9, 2024

June 11, 2024

“But the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?”(Gen. 3:9). One of the searching questions that people ask in the face of catastrophe is “Where were you God?” Where was God in the tragedy […]

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Proper 4, Year B, St. Luke’s Church, Springfield, June 2, 2024

June 03, 2024

“For it is the God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness’, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ”(2 Cor. […]

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Trinity Sunday, Year B, Trinity Parish, Clarksville, May 26, 2024

May 30, 2024

“What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit”(Jo. 3:6). “I’m spiritual, not religious”: pundits tell us that when people say this they’re taking an anti-dogmatic and anti-institutionalist stance. In […]

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The Feast of Pentecost, Year B, St. Paul’s Church, Murfreesboro, May 19, 2024

May 20, 2024

“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears… He will take what is mine and declare it to […]

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The Seventh Sunday of Easter, Year B, St. George’s Church, Nashville, May 12, 2024

May 15, 2024

“Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one” (Jo. 17:11). This morning our Gospel reading from John shows us Jesus at prayer. Nothing remarkable […]

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The Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year B, St. Paul’s Church, Franklin, May 5, 2024

May 07, 2024

“I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father” (Jo. 15:5). As we know, Easter is a season not a day: fifty days, in fact, enabling us […]

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The Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year B, Church of the Resurrection, Franklin, April 28, 2024

April 28, 2024

“Abide in me as I abide in you” (Jo. 15:4). “Abide” is a funny word, with an old-fashioned Smoky Mountain sound to it: you can imagine your hillbilly grandma saying, for instance, “I can’t abide fiddle music.” Or […]

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The Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year B, Church of the Good Shepherd, Brentwood, April 21, 2024

April 23, 2024

“I am the good shepherd” (Jo. 10:11). “Beautiful, fine, precious, noble, praiseworthy, salvific, excellent”: these are all translations that are alternatives to the word “good” in Jesus’ statement in our Gospel today. What kind of shepherd is Jesus, […]

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Saturday in the Third Week of Easter, Spring Assembly of the Daughters of the King, St. Philip’s Church, Donelson, April 20, 2024

“Now in Joppa there was a disciple whose name was Tabitha, which in Greek is Dorcas” (Acts 9:36). It’s a pleasure to preach and celebrate for our Tennessee Daughters of the King today, especially with our first reading, […]

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Third Sunday of Easter, Parish of St. Mark & St. Paul, Sewanee, April 14, 2024

April 15, 2024

“Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning […]

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Feast of the Annunciation (trans.), St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School, April 10, 2024

April 10, 2024

“And Mary said, ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word’” (Lk. 1:38). Today we observe the feast of the Annunciation: the occasion, nine months before Christmas, when the […]

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Second Sunday of Easter, Year B, St. Bartholomew’s Church, Nashville, April 7, 2024

April 08, 2024

“If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained” (Jo. 20:22-23). The mention of forgiveness in our Gospel today is a bit of an outlier, since […]

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Easter Day, Year B, Christ Church Cathedral, Nashville, March 31, 2024

April 01, 2024

“When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus” (Jo. 20:14). Mistaken identity: it’s launched a thousand plot lines, from B-movie romances (pick your favorite!), […]

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Chrism Mass & Renewal of Ordination Vows, Christ Church Cathedral, March 25, 2024

March 25, 2024

“’I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty’” (Rev. 1:8). Somewhere in the course of my theological education, I picked up a version […]

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Palm Sunday: the Sunday of the Passion, Year B, St. Andrew’s Church, New Johnsonville, March 24, 2024

“Truly this man was God’s Son” (Mk. 15:39). When we get to the end of the story of Jesus’ crucifixion, we really have reached the summit of the Gospel. It’s not the end of the story, as we […]

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The Fifth Sunday in Lent, Year B, St. Philip’s Church, Donelson, March 17, 2024

March 17, 2024

“Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say – ‘Father, save me from this hour?’ No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name” (Jo. 12:27-28). Old-time Episcopalians […]

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